Birding Tour Through Qinghai in China

Are you an avid birder who is tired of going on a birding spree to only your countryside? If your answer is a yes, then I can give you a suggestion. How about packing your bags and going for a birding tour to some other country. There are numerous countries all across the globe that has amazing bird watching spots. But amongst all those countries, there is one that has managed to stand out and is claimed to be a birding paradise.

Qinghai Birding Tour

Wondering, which country am I talking about? Well, it is none other than China, the home of the biggest dam of the world. Yes, you read that right! Being a birder, I have visited each and every one of these provinces. But, if I had to choose one amongst the three, I would choose Qinghai. Why? It is because I found this place magical while traveling China.

The scenic beauty of the plateau region, its climate and of course, its bird species has seriously stolen my heart. That's why I am planning to travel to China once again. But, don't try to go alone for a birding spree in this region. Instead, book a Qinghai birding tour package because there will be someone to guide you throughout the journey.

To find an agency that provides this service, it will be the best if you browse the internet as you will come across numerous of them, that too without putting much effort. And before going for a birding tour in Qinghai Province, here are a few things that you must do. Take a look.

Whether you are going for a Qinghai birding tour, the first and foremost thing that you need to do is research about the Chinese towns. Some of the major things you need to research include the climatic condition of the region during the month you will be visiting. In case you find it difficult to research about this, simply ask the travel agency from whom you will be booking the package.

And if they cannot tell or inform you about the climate, it will be wise that you reject that company and move on to another one. Among the popular birding spots in Qinghai the best bird watching spots in this province are Qinghai Lake Nature Reserve, Longbaotan Reserve, Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve and Huzhubeishan Reserve. If the birding tour package that you are about to purchase doesn't include these hot birding spots, then refrain from booking it.

Not really aware of the endemic birds you will find in this region? You can get Black-necked Cranes, Black Stork, Lammergeier, White-Tailed Eagle and much more. Even though you will be having a guide who would stay with your throughout the trip yet, it will be better if you research a bit about the people living in this province so that you can get a fair idea whether the place is safe or not.

The good news is that this place is sparsely populated and the people living in these areas are absolutely harmless. So, you can undoubtedly visit this place. So, these were a few important things that you must do before you visit Qinghai for a bird watching trip. Why just Qinghai? Even if you are going for Yunnan or Sichuan birding tours, please research about the place thoroughly before you visit the place.

What is the best dish to order in Qinghai

Speaking of food, Chinese food can be described as broad and profound. There are local food and snack streets everywhere, and the food street that ca n’t be seen at a glance bears the local characteristics.

Barbecue is an irreplaceable food in many people's minds, especially in summer, there are people drinking beer and sitting on the road to eat barbecue. The scene looks so lively.

Hairy eggs are usually sold on the street, boiled hairy eggs, baked hairy eggs, fried hairy eggs, a variety of eating methods. Hairy eggs are also known as Wang eggs, chicken eggs, hairy eggs, etc. Hairy eggs are chicks whose eggs are affected by improper temperature, humidity, or certain pathogens during hatching, which causes the development of the chicken embryo to stop and die in the eggshell. Many foreigners cannot accept this kind of eating.

Stinky tofu is a traditional Chinese food, especially Changsha stinky tofu is the most famous. It smells stinky and smells delicious is its main feature. There are considerable differences in the production methods and consumption methods of stinky tofu in different places. There are different types in the north and south.

Stinky tofu is also called stinky dry in the south. Although its name is tacky, but it is rudimentary in the outside, beautiful in the ordinary, and has a long history. It is a traditional Chinese snack with unique characteristics. The production materials include soybean, tempeh, and soda ash.

Fried cicada pupa or grilled cicada pupa Everyone knows that this kind of food has rich protein and tastes delicious, and it often appears in barbecue restaurants. Not to mention that foreigners look disgusted and scared. Many children and women in China are afraid to eat this kind of food that looks scary and disgusting.

Eating rice, is a true traditional art. First of all, you must have a bowl (porcelain or clay is what they commonly use in China) filled with rice and a pair of chopsticks. There are many different types of rice you could have in your bowl: plain white, jasmine white, brown, riceberry (purple rice), and black rice. Don’t forget fried rice! Not to mention, the variety of side dishes that you can have with your rice.

It is also improper to add salt and butter or other such condiments to your rice. Chinese people usually do not do this. That is because the scent of rice is already pleasing and must be enjoyed by itself or with soy sauce (made from fermented soybeans, not the type you get in Maggi).

You may find on the menu stir-fried string beans with minced pork. But it’s not actually stir fried. Most restaurants deep fry the string beans naked, then stir in a minced pork sauce made with pork and chili flakes to give it a little kick. The dish is very common, yet it’s not something you can cook at home because the frying part.

Steamed whole fish with ginger and onion, is another common dish. It’s hard to cook at home due do the requirements of a large steam vessel. Although you can definitely substitute the steamer with your oven. The dish has a very high requirement on fresh fish. It’s the reason why you often see live fish swimming in the tank in many Chinese restaurants.

Perch is often used for this dish, but it works just as well with Rock fish or other white fish. The fatty bluefishes are often avoided for this dish due to high fishy taste. Stir fried luffa, is seasonal. The young luffa is very sweet in taste. You’ll find the dish in a great varieties.

Stir fried pea shoots, is very common, but low end restaurants often cannot source the best ingredients. So what you end up with is very tough shoots that is hard to chew.

There are lots of ways to cook fish in China. And steaming is commonly considered as the most authentic way, because you only put the scallion and ginger slice, light soy sauce in, steam shortly, without heavy cooking, to keep the original flavor of the fish as possible. It also means you can only make this dish with 100% fresh fish.

In inland regions, people usually use freshwater fish to cook it because those are fish they can buy living from the tanks of morning markets or supermarkets. It’s also a gorgeous and expensive cuisine in high-end restaurants. n a typical Chinese restaurant, a small plate is placed in front of each person.

People freely spit out bones, nut shells, fruit seeds etc onto them. Waiters frequently replace them with clean plates. Most steamed freshwater fish have far too many bones to remove by chopsticks. This is a typical Chinese cuisine which is designed to use your mouth and achieve your food.

Shanghai crab, despite the facts they are from freshwater, have countless bones which costs you a great effort to remove by mouth, and, their tiny eyes occasionally make contact with you too.
Kalyan Panja

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