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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)

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Qinghai Birding Holiday Tour Name:         Qinghai Birding Holiday
Tour Code:          M65D354
Duration:            12 Days & 11 Nights
Destination:        Xining, Huzhu, Datong, Koko Nor Lake, Chaka, Bird Island, Gonghe, Madoi
Features:            Qinghai Province is on the Tibetan Plateau. Spanning 1100km from east to west and 800km from north to south, Qinghai is the fourth largest province in China. The high elevation has made this land of world beauty different from tropical areas in the regard of bird varieties, only small group of bird species can survive in the highland. So this trip will highlight the real endemics instead of varieties such as Hume's Ground Jay, Tibetan Rosefinch, Tibetan Snowcock, Black-necked Crane, and Tibetan Lark etc. Koko Nor Lake is the largest inland salt lake in China and truly an excellent place for birding. 
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Itinerary Day By Day:

Day01 Arrival Xining
Today you arrive in Xining, the capital city of Qinghai Province. This city is mainly inhabited with Tibetan but also a home of Uigur, Kazak and Hui minorities. Transferred to your hotel in Xining. Overnight at Sanwant Hotel

Day02  Xining (B, L, D)White-bellied Redstart,Birding in Qinghai
This morning we will head out to Mt.Beishan in Huzhu County for birds. Beishan is a beautiful forest at the borderlands of Qinghai and Gansu Province. Pheasants rank highly on everyone's list of difficult birds to see and there are several species here; Common Pheasant should not be too hard to find but Blood and Blue Eared Pheasant, as well as Chinese Grouse, will require a lot more effort. Other target species include Black Woodpecker, Chinese Thrush, Large-billed, Hume's,and Gansu Leaf-Warblers, Rufous-vented Tit and Gray-headed Bullfinch. Drive back Xining in the early evening. Overnight at Sanwant Hotel

Day03 Xining - Koko Nor (B, L, D)Birding in Qinghai,China
Drive via Riyue Shan (Sun and Moon Mountain), along the south rim of Koko Nor Lake to Heimahe, birding at Riyue Shan and Daotanghe etc. We'll be seeing the rolling alpine grasslands at their very best, and the fields will be alive with the blossoms of buttercups, gentians, and poppies. Set all this against the backdrop of dramatic snow-capped peaks and Koko Nor (or "Blue Sea Lake", a
s it's known in both Chinese and Mongolian). Overnight at a local lodge at the lakeside

Day04 Koko Nor - Chaka (B, L, D)Black-necked Crane,Birding Qinghai
Morning Birding at Heimahe and drive to Chaka for birds, en route we will watch birds at Mt.Xiangpishan. On the shores of Lake Koko Nor, post-breeding Bar-headed Geese and both Pallas's and Brown-headed Gulls will vie for our attention. We'll also search for the rare Black-necked Crane and possibly even the endangered Pallas's Fish Eagle. In the neighboring grasslands, among the domesticated yaks and horses and scattered Tibetan tents, we should find species such as Tibetan and Mongolian Larks. In the afternoon we'll drive over a pass to Chaka, a bizarre area rich in mineral salt deposits and yet with tracts of intensive and surprisingly lush agriculture. As we approach Chaka, we'll be looking particularly for Pallas's Sandgrouse and Mongolian Ground Jay. Overnight at a local lodge

Day05 Chaka (B, L, D)Birding in Qinghai,China
Morning birding at Chaka Salt Lake, day trip to Halihatu National Forest Park for birds, driven back Chaka later of the day. Overnight at a local lodge

Day06 Chaka - Bird Island (B, L, D)Birding in Qinghai,China
This morning we drive to the Bird Island at the West Shore of Koko Nor. Today we have ample time to search for more of the region's specialties. Plateau Pikas are common throughout the grasslands and constitute an important food source for Saker Falcons and the often numerous Upland Buzzards. We'll also expect to encounter numbers of migrant waterfowl and a few shorebirds. Overnight at local lodge by the lake

Day07 Bird Island (B, L, D)Birding at Koko Nor,Qinghai Province
One day birding at the Bird Island and along the shore of the lake. Overnight at local lodge by the lake

Day08 Bird Island - Gonghe (B, L, D)Birding in Qinghai
Morning birding at the Koko Nor, drive to Gonghe and birding on the way. Overnight at a local lodge at Gonghe

Day09 Gonghe - Wenquan (B, L, D)Tibetan Rosefinch,Gong - Wenquan Birding Qinghai
Morning birding at Gonghe, head south to Wenquan and birding at Er La Pass and areas nearby Wenquan. Ela Pass, which at a mighty 14,700 feet is easily the highest road pass on the tour. The pass is a regular site for White-winged Redstart and both Plain and Brandt's Mountain Finches. Moreover, the Ela Pass is one of only a handful of reliable sites for the little-known Tibetan Rosefinch. Overnight at a local lodge

Day10 Wenquan - Madoi (B, L, D)Tibetan Saker,Birding in Qinghai
This morning we travel south to Madoi to the source area of the Yellow River. Morning birding at Wenquan, where we may well find Tibetan Snowcock and Tibetan Sandgrouse. Madoi is home to many raptors and Upland Buzzards we can expect to see Himalayan Griffon Vulture, the impressive Lammergeier, Steppe Eagle and, most remarkable of all, numerous Sakers. At the source area of the Yellow River we can find species such as Ruddy Shelduck, Pallas's Fish Eagle, Common Redshank, Pallas's Gull, Brown-headed Gull, Common Tern, Tibetan and Hume's Short-toed Larks, Plain Martin and Citrine Wagtail. Overnight at a local lodge

Day11 Madoi - Xining (B, L, D)Birding in Qinghai Province,China
Birding at Madoi and drive back Xining later of the day. The grassy steppes are home to Black-lipped Pikas, the staple diet of both Upland Buzzard and Saker. The burrows of these 'mouse hares' pepper the flatter areas and provide nest holes for numerous White-rumped Snowfinches. Overnight at Sanwant Hotel

Day12 Depart Xining (B)
Transferred to airport for your departure flight to next destination. End of your Birding tour in Qinghai.

Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air- conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). On-site birding trips as stated in the itinerary;
06). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
07). Services of a local English speaking guide throughout (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
08). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
09). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

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