According to many travellers, Yunnan is one of the most diverse lands in China. The beautiful blend of splendid environment and people attracts travellers all over the blog. From Tiger Leaping Gorge to Yunnan Rice Terraces, the province is a fairytale land. You can take a short trip around Chengdu, Dali, Kunming, and Lhasa and rediscover life in a new light. Apart from the picturesque crustal water, blooming flowers, beautiful grass, and magnificent wildlife, there’s another attraction waiting for you in the midst of forests.
Acknowledged as ‘colored clouds in the south’, Yunnan is definitely one of the majestic areas to find the beautiful birds thriving in the lap of nature. The birds chirping away in the grasslands, scrublands, bamboo thickets, or dead vegetation creates an engrossing frame. Needless to say, your Yunnan birding tour is definitely going to be super interesting. So, here are a few of the places to remember before going out on the tour.
Kunming Botanical Garden
12 km away from Kunming city, the prestigious botanical garden is a well-known tourist spot. The place is extended over 44 hectares covered with numerous herbs, trees, and flowers. Because of the widespread vegetation, the area is one of the favourite places for birds. In a beautiful morning, you can walk around the beautiful forest. You are likely to come across Blue Whistling Thrush, Spot-Breasted Scimitar Babbler, Red-tailed Minla, and Black-breasted Thrush. In addition to the context, keep in mind to travel around the Camellia Garden to witness 40 species of flower.
Dali, Ancient Buildings, and many more
Located in the northwest side of Yunnan, Dali is an autonomous prefecture. The town is ready to offer a unique experience to every traveller because of its mesmerizing geographical setting and popularity of 25 ethnic minority groups. The picturesque surroundings are also home to numerous bird species. As you walk around the Dali ancient town or Weishan ancient city, you are bound to photograph sibias, minivets, thrushes, warblers, and woodpeckers. Yunnan Nuthatch and Giant Nuthatch also steal the show.
Mt. Gaoligong in Dehong Prefecture
The mountain ranges are situated in the western side of Nujiang Valley. Here, the Gaoligong Mountain Nature Reserve requires a special mention. There are 26 birding spots that are covered with bio-resources. Due to the abundance of biodiversity and high elevation, 43.4% of the bird population of Yunnan is found here. Therefore, nature reserve shelters only 525 bird species. And among this mammoth range, 40 native bird species are even under national protection. Silver Pheasant, Broad-billed Warbler, Spot-breasted Parrotbill, Red-tailed Laughingthrush, Slender-billed Scimitar are a few popular birds to spot.
Ruili, the Last Destination
Ruili has gained much popularity for opening gates to Burmese traders in the 19th century. The town exudes quaint beauty of palm-tree streets and surplus bicycle rickshaws. But the humid climate is another highlight of this laid-back region. After exploring Yingjiang, when you enter Ruili, you should be ready to witness Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Brown Wood Owl, Scarlet-faced Liocichla, Stripe-breasted Woodpecker, and Silver-eared Leiothrix.
If you are interested in discovering Longbaotan Nature Reserve or Qinghai Lake Reserve, get ready to witness a little bit of 294 bird species during Qinghai bird watching the tour.