This extensive itinerary through the Chinese province of Sichuan offers excellent chances to see some of the country’s unique and rare mammals including red pandas, Pallas’s cat and Tibetan fox.
Covering an area of just under 500,000 square kilometres in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River valley, Sichuan is one of the few Chinese provinces that offers reliable sightings for many of the country's mammals. The province is squeezed between the Tibetan Plateau to the west, the lush forest of the Daba Mountains to the north, the Jinsha River to east, and the slopes of the Yungui Plateau to the south - a unique position with varied habitats that support an incredible diversity of mammals and birds.
Red pandas are seen in the forests of Labahe Forest Reserve and Tangjiahe Nature Reserve, which are both integral stops on our itinerary. The likelihood of seeing red pandas is much higher than their larger cousins, and these appealing mammals are not the only animal we hope to see. Over 40% of China's 550 species of mammal can be seen Sichuan, including Pallas's cat in the mountainous regions of the Tibetan Plateau. Other mammals that we may see during the trip include takin, golden snub-nosed monkey, Chinese mountain cat, hog badger, Chinese goral, Himalayan marmot, white giant flying squirrel and Tibetan fox.
Sichuan also has fantastic birdlife, with a huge list of species that includes some of Asia's most outstanding localised birds. These range from passerines to raptors, and the variety is exceptional: Temminck's tragopan, golden pheasant, black-necked crane, firethroat and golden-breasted fulvetta are just a few of the highlights.
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