14 Days China Crane Tour

Tour Code: CBT-004

China Crane Tour in Winter

14 days from USD.$ Land Only Price: USD.$ SRS: USD.$

There are 15 Crane Species in the world, 9 of them migrate to China,they are Siberian Crane, Red-crowned Crane,Sandhill Crane, White-naped Crane, Eurasion Crane(Common Crane),Sarus Crane,Demoiselle Crane,Hooded Crane, Black-necked Crane. In recent years,due to the lost of the habitat and the huntings on the migrary route,only 8 Crane species can be found in China, Among them, Sandhill and Demoiselle Cranes are ocasionaly found in Yancheng and Northeast China. The rest are relatively easier to find in proper habitat. The tour begins from Yancheng on the east coast for Red-crowned Crane and Sandhill Crane , then move south to inland Poyang Lake for Siberian, Hooded, White-naped and Common Cranes, then go further west to Caohai in Guizhou Province for Black-necked Cranes. Our main target are Cranes, but we can also see many other birds along the trip, some ducks inlucding the rare Baer's Pochard,Baikal Teal,Geese include Swan, Bean,Greylag,Greater and Lesser White-fronted, Oriental Storks and Tundra Swans,Reed Parrotbill as well as a great number of many other species.

Hooded Cranes

Hooded Cranes

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Arrive in Beijing

Day 2 Beijing -Yancheng

Day 3 Yancheng

Day 4 Yancheng Birding

Day 5 Yancheng- Shanghai-Wuyuan

Day 6 Wuyuan

Day 7 Wuyuan

Day 8 Wuyuan-Poyang Lake

Day 9 Poyang Lake

Day 10 Poyang Lake

Day 11 Poyang lake- Guiyang-Caohai

Day 12 Caihai Lake Birding

Day 13 Caohai

Day 14 Guiyang Departure


China is famous for foods,we will definitely try some local Chinese Foods, the food in Yancheng is relatively mild, a lot of dishes have a little bit soup, looks very juicy but taste good, the food in Jiangxi is a little bit spicy but in an acceptable degree, in Guizhou in the west, we might try the local Miao minorty people's food . Overall,  For breakfasts, we will do packaged breakfasts for most of the mornings, we will prepare breads,Cakes,Peanut Butter, Jam, Coffee, Tea(Both green tea and black tea), Hot Water,Milk, Yogurt,Seasonal Fruits. we will also try some breakfasts at hotels where we stay longer time or neary the birding site. Lunch and Dinner will be in local popular restaurants, a few packed picnic lunches will be prepared wherever neccessary.


Most of hotels we will be staying are in good standards and well located,but some places are quite remote and far away from cities,we will stay at the nearest town,where the hotel is a little bit simple like guesthouse standard but clean,comfortable and wifi available. 


The tour includes 3 domestic flights, and a few boat rides. the rest of the tour will be driving,depend on our group size, for a group of 8 people, we will arrange a Van with 18 seats, so we will have enough space for luggages and each one can have a spare seat for cameras and telescopes.for a small private group of 2-3 people, we may arrange a Van with 7 seats. Most of the road conditions are very good at all the National Nature Reserves, Wetlands and Lakes.


We will arrange a Professional Birding Tour Guide to accompany for the whole trip, we might also arrange some local guides when we have the news that some local people have found some important species where they know exactly where to take us to.

Access (How easy is the tour)

The tour is quiete leisure, we do not need to get up very early everyday, the cranes are staying and feeding nearby the wetlands and lakes all day long, and we can drive to access to all the wetlands, a Rubber Boots needed for walking on the wet grassland.


We will not particularly arrange time for shopping, but we will stop in some big cities to buy some supplies for picnic meals, where you may find some souvenirs made in China from supermarkt.

Tour Highlights:

Siberian Crane
Red-crowned Crane
Sandhill Crane
White-naped Crane
Eurasion Crane(Common Crane)
Hooded Crane
Black-necked Crane
Baer's Pochard
Baikal Teal
Swan Goose
Oriental Stork
Chinese Scaly-sided Merganser
Pied Falconet
Yellow-browed Bunting
Chinese Penduline Tit
Reed Parrotbill


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