Baihualing, China: Bird Photography

Oversea tours
Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve in Baihualing, Baoshan (Yunan), Southern China
7 days
1,600 USD

Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve, China: Bird Photography

Located in Baihualing, Baoshan city (Yunan province), Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve (GNNR) covers an altitude ranging from 700 to 3,916 meters asl, is home to more than 500 bird species. GNNR is a fascinating destination for birding nowadays, especially for bird-photographers, where local people have built hundreds of feeders and blinds to attract birds for tourists as a part of ecotourism programe. Within a week or so here, you might shoot over 70 species of Sino-Himalayan birds in close ranges, very “clear and sharp” pictures including many sought after species such as Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Mountain Bamboo Partridge, Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant, Moustached Laughingthrush, Blue-winged Laughingtrush.

Getting Baihualing is quite straight forward, from Kunming fly to Baoshan then our local operator will pick up you at the airport. We will then stay at a comfortable hotel in Baihualing, every day we have breakfast at hotel then visit one or two hides, sit there to photograph, have box lunch in the hide. REALLY EASY! like sample plan below, we will do fairly flexible depending on the presence of birds on updating from local people daily.



Tour 1: January 10 to 16, 2020 (available)

Tour 2: January 17 to 24, 2020 (full)

Tour cost is 1,600 USD/person, single supplement $180

Maximum size: 8 participants plus 1 tour leader

Tour leader: Nguyen Van Thang or Nguyen Hoai Bao (TBA) & local guide

The cost is including accommodation, meals, hide-fee, all ground transportation. Not include airfares but we will arrange pick up at Baoshan airport at any time you arrive.

Please contact us for birdlist and possible species list at each hide

Tentative programe

Day 1. Arrival Baoshan airport

Pick-up from Baoshan Airport, drive to our hotel at Baihualing for afternoon birding, possibly at a hide nearby.

Night in a Baihualing hotel from now to the end of the tour

Day 2. Hide #4

Breakfast at 7 AM and drive to hide 4 after breakfast. We'll have box lunch at noon at the hide, and we'll get back from the hide to the hotel at 5:30 PM.

Target birds: Scarlet Finch, Golden Babbler, and other birds totaling over 20 species.

Day 3. Hides #8 & #27

Another "late" breakfast at 7 AM, and drive to hide 8 after breakfast. Box lunch at hide 8, shift to hide 27 after lunch. Get back from the hide to the hotel at 5:30 PM. Target birds: Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Chestnut-headed Tesia, White-browed Shortwing, Rufous-throated Partridge, and perhaps 25 other bird species.

Day 4. Hide #32

Have breakfast at 7 AM, drive to hide 32 after breakfast. We'll have a box lunch at hide 32 and get back from the hide to the hotel at 5:30 PM. 

Day 5. Hide #3 &  hide Malu

7 AM breakfast, ride to hide 3 after breakfast, have box lunch at hide 3, shift to hide Malu if we see our target bird, the Hill Partridge, before noon. We'll get back from the hide to the hotel at 5:30 PM. Other target birds: Back-faced Warbler, Maroon-backed Accentor, and other birds totaling about 40 species (mostly in hide Malu).

Day 6. Hide #10

Yet another breakfast at 7 AM, get a ride to hide 10 after breakfast, have box lunch at hide 10. Get back from the hide to the hotel at 5:30 PM.

Target birds: Grey Treepie, Moustached Laughingthrush, and another 20 bird species.

Day 7. Departure day

Have breakfast and do some early-morning birding before transfer to Baoshan Airport for your departing flight.

Red-tailed Laughingthrush
Brown-winged Parrotbill