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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

1. Qinghai, China

Wondering, which country am I talking about? Well, it is none other than China. 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 this plateau region. 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.

2. Guangzhou Nansha Wetland Park, China

Nansha Wetland Park is one of the most beautiful natural environments while traveling china, and the best place to observe the different species of birds that inhabit this area of ​​Guangdong. The Nansha Wetland Park is 60 km away from the city of Guangzhou, in the estuary of the Pearl River. It is a protected area where activities such as agriculture and fishing are still taking place. In winter thousands of migratory birds cross the sky, granting a rare beauty to the landscape.

3. Birding in the Mongolian steppes

Mongolia, at the eastern end of the steppes of Central Asia, far from the sea, is a jewel of steppes and forests, remote mountains and arid plains. In autumn and spring many migrating birds come to Lake Ugii in the Uvurkhangai province.

Travel through the Karakorum, the lakes and virgin forests of Tsenheriin, Ulaanbaatar, with the overflowing nature of the Siberian region of Lake Johsvhol and ride on camels through the immeasurable Gobi desert sleeping in the typical "gers" yurts.

You can travel there for days without meeting a living soul. By riding on horseback or Jeep the immense distances of this plateau altitude, we can see antelopes, wolves, horses in freedom, yaks, camels, lakes by the hundreds, isolated villages, warm camps of yurts, the Siberian taiga and the Gobi desert.

Wild camels, bears, lynx, snow leopard or even argali are among the largest occupants of this huge territory, not to mention the emblematic horse Prjevalski. The small fauna is not rare either. Throughout the territory the most observant of you will be able to observe sable, marten, beaver or even otter, living testimony of the good health of the Mongolian natural environment and in particular of its fish-rich waters.

From the capital, Ulaanbaatar, almost mandatory entry point in Mongolia, you can go in all directions and experience an absolute freedom. It is true however that it is interesting to acclimatize a few days to take the time to visit the Gandan Monastery, the Museum of Mongolia or the museum of natural history.

Karakorum is a city located west-southwest of the capital Ulan Bator, about 5 hours drive. Kharkhorin will serve as a base to visit the magnificent Erdene Zuu monastery, built in 1586 by a nomad prince, surrounded by 108 sacred stupas. Huge stone turtles surround the monastery. Located northwest of Ulaanbaatar, the Monastery of Bliss is a Buddhist holy landmark in Mongolia. This Gelugpa Buddhist center is located in a steppe, surrounded by hills, not far from Mount Buren Khan.

Altai Tavan Bogd National Park is located in the far west of Mongolia. Grouping on its territory the 5 sacred mountains of the Altai, the highest point of this park, Mount Khuiten, culminates at 4374 meters above sea level. The park includes high mountain areas with glaciers and glacial rivers and then a mid-mountain area located at about 2500 meters above sea level. In addition to rich and opulent flora and fauna, you will also find petroglyphs depicting hunting scenes and numerous animals.

Khongor Dunes is unique you will soon realize when you will face this unlikely landscape. Indeed, the transition between the different natural spaces is abrupt and radical. From a green horizontal extent, you will pass to a wall of sand. The mineral of the dunes and the vegetation of the steppe will confront and assemble in a unique way to the world. Many Mongols come here to listen to the singing dunes. The wind on the sand makes these dunes sing and offers an amazing sight beside which it would be a shame to pass.

The Yol Valley is a narrow gorge bearing the name of the host of these places, the bearded vulture. You will enter an atypical area with a gorge sometimes so narrow that only two people can pass! Located east of the Gobi Desert, the mineral dominates all the space, the shade that the canyon had to offer in summer is welcome and the wind blows there often engulfing in the vein that the canyon offers.

The Mongols have been nomadic travelers for millennia. Despite urbanization, steppe traditions are still alive and well. Even in the cities, most of the inhabitants live in a yurt, a large white felt tent that can move easily, always arranged in the same way. A hike will take you to Shireet Lake, without a doubt the most beautiful in the region. Surrounded by volcanoes and coniferous forests, Naima Nuur Park is stunningly beautiful.

On the back of a camel, go for a memorable walk in the sand dunes of Elsentasarhai. Territory of breeders, the sumptuous landscapes formed by the canyons of the Orkhon and its verdant steppe make this valley of the Orkhon a must-see site to discover. Naadam Festival is a type of traditional festival in Mongolia. Locally the festival is also called Eriin Gurvan Naadam.
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