3 Must-Visit Birding Locations in China You Should Plan to Go Next

Are you an avid birder whose dream is to sharpen your skills and explore every corner of the earth for new and unique bird species that no one has ever seen before? Well, then, you should latch on to every opportunity to turn this dream into a reality. You should quickly look for travel companies which offer interesting birding expedition tours where you can view some of the most amazing birds on earth. In China, there are more than 1400 bird species, comprising some of its major provinces. Therefore, it is quite natural that you should plan your birding trip to no other place but China. Don’t worry if it is your first bird watching tour. These travel companies always have expert guides who can further guide you about the tricks and suggestions on bird watching. Some companies also provide a binocular and a field guide in order to make your experience even better.

So, without any delay, let’s start exploring the type of bird watching in China you are about to experience.  Here, we have put together a few areas in China which are famous for birding and why. Take a look.


Situated in the most south-western corner of China, Yunnan is one of the oldest and most exciting habitats of the birds. Coupled with the comfort and convenience of easy travelling, good hotels and great food, these combine to provide a really enjoyable tour to all the birders. Extending between the highlands from the north of the Malay Peninsula to the south of Qinghai, its complex topographic and climatic situation with a versatile nature and rich biodiversity have made it one of the most popular locations to view some of the most endemic bird species found in China, like some pheasants and  laughingthrushes. For instance, the Gaoligong Mountain or the Hengduan Mountains are home to about 400 bird species. Some of the birds you are most likely to find here are the Common Hill Partridge , Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant , Silver Pheasant , Chinese thrush, Wedge-billed wren babbler, Yunnan Nuthatch, Crested Finchbill, Red-tailed Laughingthrush  or the Slender-billed wren babbler, and so on.


Qinghai is a Chinese province located in the northeast part of the Tibet plateau and is over 3000m above the sea level. Due to its quite a few famous birding reserves, this is another pivotal places where you can view some of the most fascinating bird species in China. For example, you can go to the Qinghai Lake Nature Reserve known for being a significant breeding habitat for the birds in Asia and its large variety of migratory birds; or the Longbaotan Reserve, which is home to the Black-necked Cranes and other rare bird species like the Black Stork, White-tailed Eagle, Pink-tailed Rosefinch (Przevalski’s Pinktail), snowfinches or the Lammergeyer, and several other interesting birding spots in Qinghai.


Lying in the western part of China, Sichuan is an inland province of China on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, and comprises abundant water resources with a number of different landforms. So, it experiences varied climate conditions. This diversified climate and topography has made it home for a wide range of rare bird species.  It is considered to be a ‘Kingdom of Pheasants’ and also has several other beautiful and unique range of birds, such as parrotbills, rosefinches and so on . The famous Sichuan birding sites include Wolong Nature Reserve, Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve, Tangjiahe Nature Reserve, and so on.

So, what are you waiting for? Look for a company which can provide you with amazing bird watching tours in these areas of China.

Author Bio: Bella Zhang, a regular blogger on bird watching in China, here writes on 3 areas in China, famous for bird watching. She insists on trying out the Yunnan, Qinghai, and Sichuan birding.

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