China Mammal Watching Tours
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China Mammal Watching tours

The best two areas for mammal watching in China:
Sichuan,the central of China;
Qinghai/Tibet Plateau.

For Sichuan,althrough here is the main habitate of Gant Panda,according to the latest field investigation in 2016, there are about 1864 Giant Pandas in wild and 70% are distributed in Sichuan. But if want view the pandas in wild is almost impossible.But still worh to try is you are coming during the first two weeks of April when the males are in rut they may walk around to look for females or even fight their rivals.

(Camera track by Mr. Donglei)

Except the Giant Panda,Sichuan no doubt still a good place to go to look for:
(all photos below by Tang Jun during the trips)

Red Panda

Golden Snub-nosed Monkey

Pallas's Cat

Chinese Mountain Cat

Ferret Budger

Hog Budger

Tufted Deer                                               Chinese Serow
Steppe Polecat                                           Golden Tarkin
Chinese Goral                                            Samber
TIbetan Macaque                                        Mountain Weasel
Leopard Cat                                               Rhesus Macaque
Blue Sheep                                                Reeves’ Muntjac
Perny's Long-nosed Squirrel                          Gansu Pika
Grey Wolf                                                 Glover's Pika
Masked Palm Civet                                      Wooly Hare
Himalayan Marmot                                       Tibetan Fox

Each March/April or Oct./Nov. are the perfect time for Sichuan mammal watching.

Itierary can be suggested as follow:
Day 1 arrival at Chengdu (direct or via Beijing & Shanghai), then 3 hours drive to Labahe NR and stay inside park
Day 2-3 Labahe NNR for Takin,Red Panda,Sambar,Hog Budger,Rhesus Macaque,Tibetan Macaque,Red and White & Complex-toothed Flying Squirrel
Day 4 last mammalwatching at Labahe then drive to Wolong
Day 5 One day at Wolong(day watching and night drive) , the Main Giant Panda habitate of Sichuan:Red Panda,Tarkin,Chinese Serow, Chinese Goral,Blue Sheep,Leopard Cat,Sambar,Tufted Deer,Mountain Weasel,Glover's Pika,Himalyan Marmot
Day 6 long drive to Ruoergai via Hongyuan for Red Deer
Day 7-9 Ruoergai area:Pallas's Cat, Chinese Mountain Cat,Asian Budger,Chinese Serow, Red & Roe & Sika Deer,Siberian Weasel,Yellow-throated Marten,Marbled Polecat, Wolf,Tibetan & Red Fox,Boar,Woolly Hare,Gansu & Plateau & Pika,Tibetan Gazzle,Himalayan Marmot.
Day 10 drive to Tangjiahe NNR
Day 11-13 Tangjiahe NR:Golden Snub-nosed Monkey,little bit possibility for the Giant Panda in first two weeks of April,Ferret & Hog Budger,Malayan Porcupine,Tarkin,Chinese Serow, Chinese Goral,Leopard Cat,Asian Black Bear,Tufted Deer,Reeve's Muntjac,Yellow-throated Marten,Masked Palm Civet,Boar,Swinhoe's Striped & Pere David's Rock & Perny's Long-nosed Squirrel,Complex-toothed Flying Squirrel.
Day 14 drive back to Chengdu
Day 15 international departure

Recent report regarding a winter Sichuan mammal watching during 21 Oct to 11 Nov 2017.


Another route at Qinghai & Tibet Plateau for mammal watching:

Day 1 fly into Xining via Chengdu,Beijing or Shanghai
Day 2-3 Drive to Kor Kor Nor Lake for Goitered Gazelle and several kind of Pikas

Day 4-5  drive to Er La Shan pass for Pallas's Cat,Tibetan Fox,Wolf
Day 6-8 Drive to Maduo for Lynx,Tibetan Ass,Foxes and Wolf
Day 9 drive to Yushu after last mammals looking at Maduo
Day 10-12 Around Yushu for Snow Leopard,White-lipped Deer 
(from here you can choose fly back to Xining or Chengdu)
Day 13 Drive to Qumalai and carry on to Budongquan and look for mammals en route include: Tibetan Antelope 
Day 14 one full day inside Wild Yak Valley, stay at Budongquan
Day 15 one more day inside Wild Yak Valley for Pallas's Cat,Wild Yak,Argali, then carry on to Golmud
Day 16 fly back to Xining where fly to Beijing or Chengdu




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