Winter of East China


Shanghai – Rudong – Yancheng – Shanghai – Fuzhou – Emeifeng NR – Wuyuan – Dongzhai NNR – Shanghai



Late November – Early March



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Day 1  Shanghai – Yancheng NNR

Arrive Shanghai, then 4 hours driving to Yancheng NNR to search Reed Parrotbill, Red-crowned Crane, gulls, ducks, gooses and bunting. Overnight in Yancheng NNR.


Day 2  Yancheng NNR – Rudong

Morning birding in Yancheng NNR, then leave to Rudong depend on the tide. Overnight in Rudong.

Red-crowned Crane

Fishpond of ducks

Reed Parrotbill

Pallas's Bunting

Day 3  Rudong  – Dongzhai NNR

Morning birding in Rudong, late afternoon back to Shanghai to catch the overnight train to XInyang.

Day 4-5  Dongzhai NNR

We have two and half days birding in Dongzhai NNR. We’ll search Reeve’s Pheasant, which is one of the longest tail pheasant in the world! Other targets are Collared Crow, Brown-breasted Bulbul, Yellow-throated Bunting, Crested Ibis, Yellow-bellied Tit etc.

Crested Ibis

Reeve's Pheasant

 Day 6 Dongzhai NNR – Poyang Lake

Early morning birding in Dongzhai NNR, then leave to Poyang Lake via Wuhan by high-speed train. Overnight in Poyang Lake.


Day 7 Poyang Lake

Full day birding in Poyang Lake to find Siberian, Hooded, White-naped and common Cranes, Swan Goose, Taiga and Tundra Swan, Greater and Lesser White-fronted Goose, Falcated Duck, Baikal Teal. If we lucky, we may see the Baer's Pochard and Swinhoe's Yellow Rail. Evening in Yongxiu.


Day 8  Poyang Lake – Wuyuan

Morning birding in Poyang Lake, after lunch leave to Wuyuan and overnight.

Siberian Crane in flight

Wintering Cranes in Poyang Lake

Day 9 Wuyuan  – Nanchang

We’ll search Scaly-sided Merganser, Short-tailed Parrotbill, Long-billed Plover, Mandarin Duck, Grey-sided Scimitar Babbler, Dusky Fulvetta, in the bamboo forest. Afternoon we will try to find the wintering sites of Blue-crowned Laughingthrush and search other part of Wuyuan to find Pied Falconet, Brown Dipper, Brown Crake, Crested Kingfisher.

Scaly-sided Merganser © Shen Qiang 

Pied Falconet 

Day 10 Nanchang – Emeifeng NR

Morning leave Nanchang, 4 hours driving to Emeifeng NR. Afternoon birding in Ememifeng NR for pheasants


Day 11 Emeifeng NR

We will spend 2.5 days birding in Emeifeng NR. Our target are Cabot’s Tragopan, Elliot’s Pheasant, White-necklaced Partridge, Koklass pheasant. We’re also looking for, Chinese Bamboo-Partridge, Yellow-cheeked Tit etc.


Day 12 Emeifeng NR – Fuzhou

Morning birding in Emeifeng NR. Evening 2 hours high-speed train back to Fuzhou and overnight.

Koklass Pheasant

Elliot‘s Pheasant

Day 13 Fuzhou

Depend on the tide, we’ll search Spoon-billed Sandpiper in the mudflat or birding in Fuzhou forest park to search White-necklaced Partridge, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Spotted Wren Babbler, Chestnut Bulbul, Grey-sided Scimitar Babbler etc.


Day 14 Fuzhou – Shanghai

Morning birding in Fuzhou Forest Park.  Afternoon back to Shanghai.

Tour End.

Spoon-billed Sandpiper 

White-necklaced Partridge