Beijing, Xian and Bird Watching in Qinlin Mountains

Located in ShaanxiProvince, about 3- 4 hrs drive from Xian, the Qinling Mountains run from East to West and is the watershed for 2 major rivers- the mighty Yangtze and the Yellow River. It is a very varied terrain with a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna, and wildlife, including species such as giant panda, golden monkey, golden takin, golden eagle, and crested ibis.

John and Jean preferred to just take things at their own pace.

crested-ibisHighlights:
  • One week in historical and yet modern Beijing, to discover at their own pace unhampered by any pre-set itineraries or notions.
  • One day hike along the Great Wall, far away from the crowds.
  • 4 days and 3 nights in the Qinling Mountains with a private naturalist guide, in the midst of spectacular diversity of bird species and scenery.
  • Historical Xian, part of the ancient Road, gateway to the famous Terra Cotta Warriors and multiple museums.

Rates at 1700.00 per person which included 6 nights hotel in Beijing using the Xuanwumen (a 3 star property), 2 Nights in Xian, one day hiking the Great Wall of China, and 4 days / 3 nights in the Yangxian Nature Reserve in Qinling for birdwatching with a private naturalist guide, car and driver.

This trip is arranged with minimal services in Beijing and Xian as clients wanted time to just explore Beijing and Xian at own pace.

Day 01, Arrival into Beijing

Your guide will meet you and transfer your hotel. You have 06 nights of hotel accommodation (3 star hotels with good location) and daily breakfast.

Day 02, Great Wall Hike

Your guide will pick you up at 8:30am for this program that will last a good part of the day. The drive to Jiankou will take at least 2 hours each way, about 50 miles North East of Beijing. The hike itself is about 4 hours, covers about 6 miles and winds it way through rugged terrain. There are steps, some climbing and spectacular scenery.

Day 03 to 06, Beijing

Free to explore on own. Hotel accommodations and daily breakfast included.

Day 07, Beijing to Xian

Check into Beijing airport on your own. On arrival Xian your guide will meet you and transfer to your hotel.

Day 08, Xian to Yangxian Nature Reserve in Qinling Mountains

farmhouseYour English speaking guide who specializes in bird watching programs only will meet you at your hotel. Proceed with him, your driver and car to the Yangxian Nature Reserve located about 320 kilometers away. Stops including lunch will be made along the way.Bird species found locally includes the Crested Ibis. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Day 09 and Day 10, Yangxian Nature Reserve

2 additional full days of bird watching in the Yangxian Nature Reserve which offers a rich biodiversity of birds, other wildlife including the giant pandas (high elevations though and elusive), golden monkey. Bird species includes Golden Pheasant, Ring-necked Pheasant, Hua Mei, White-eyes, Red-billed Leiothrix, Leaf Warblers, Laughing thrushes, Game Birds, Azure-winged Magpie, Mrs. Gouldsunbird, White-bellied Green Pigeon, Grey Bushchat, Temminck‘s Tragopan, Vinaceous Rosefinch, Bar-tailed tree creeper, Marsh Tit, Rusty-breasted Tit, Fire-capped Tit, White-collared Yuhinas, Long-tailed Minivet and White-capped water redstart. (Over 200 species.)

The Yangxian Nature reserve is especially excited with the Oriental Crested Ibis, an endangered species which has multiplied to over 1000 birds today. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Day 11, Return to Xian

red-billed-leiothrixReturn to Xian late afternoon as you will continue bird watching after an early breakfast. Leave the Nature Reserve after lunch. Check into hotel in Xian. . (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Day 12, Depart for home

(Breakfast)