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China Winter Birding

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 10 people
Destination(s): China  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - February
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 4570 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4570 US Dollar (USD)

Winter in southeast China offers a rich kaleidoscope of impressive and localized bird specialties, including several of the world’s most spectacular cranes. Foremost among these cranes, poetically referred to as ‘the birds of heaven’, will be the elegant Siberian Crane, one of the rarest cranes on earth. We will also be exploring the mountainous region of Fujian for some of the most sought-after pheasants in Asia, including Elliot's Pheasant and, with luck, the incredible Cabot’s Tragopan. During this tour we will also be looking for an impressive supporting cast of exciting birds that include the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper, which has recently been found to winter in this area, the rare Scaly-sided Merganser, thousands of Swan Geese, Falcated Duck, Baikal Teal, Oriental Stork, Saunders's and Relict Gulls, Red-crowned Crane, Reed Parrotbill, Pied Falconet and possibly even the rare Swinhoe’s Crake!

THE TOUR AT A GLANCE…

DETAILS
Tour Dates - 24th January to 6th February (14 days)
Tour Price - CNY 27,500 (See below)
CNY 1,710 approximate cost of domestic flights
(Tour price fixed in Chinese Yuan, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size - Limited to 10 participants with 1 company leader & 1 local birding leader

THE ITINERARY
24th January - Arrival in Shanghai and transfer to Fuzhou
25th January - Minjiang Estuary and Fuzhou Forest Park
26th January - Fuzhou to Emei Feng
27th & 28th January - Emei Feng
29th January - Emei Feng to Wuyuan
30th January - Wuyuan
31st January - Wuyuan to Poyang Hu
1st February - Poyang Hu
2nd February - Poyang Hu to Shanghai via Nanchang city
3rd February - Shanghai to Yancheng
4th February - Yancheng
5th February - Yancheng to Shanghai
6th February - Departure

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:
The fee for the China Winter Birding tour is CNY 27,500 per person sharing. (Please note: The price does NOT include the domestic flights as mentioned in the itinerary. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +/- CNY 1,710 per person. We can book these flights on your behalf at no extra charge.)
The single supplement cost is CNY 2,400 and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), Euro (€), or US Dollar (US$), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate.

This includes:
•All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 14;
•Bottled drinking water;
•All lodgings;
•Ground transportation;
•Reserve entrance fees;
•Extra activities as mentioned in the itinerary; and
•All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).

And does not include:
•Visa fees;
•ANY airfares (see above);
•Any drinks;
•Special gratuities; and
•Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies (see website for all 4 currencies). The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (Chinese Yuan), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate domestic flight and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.

b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 7 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.

c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.

d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

Tipping:
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your leader/s. Therefore, if you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.

Special Notes:
•It is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg (44lb) for check in luggage and 8kg (+-18lb) for hand luggage.

•This tour does require a good level of fitness and participants should be in good general health as much of the birding will be done on foot and may require walking for several hours at a time. At times we will experience physical difficulty when walking up some steep trails and off trails. Should you have any physical limitations or medical conditions, please notify us in advance of departure. Please note that we will be in remote areas well away from modern medical facilities.

•Please also note that the temperatures can be very cold at this of year, especially in the highlands, so do bear this in mind and come prepared with suitably warm clothing.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
Day 1 of the tour is an arrival and transfer day from Shanghai to Fuzhou. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The main tour will conclude in Shanghai after breakfast on day 14. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance or advice in this regard, kindly contact the office.

FLIGHTS:
Beijing and Shanghai are the main ports of entry for international flights into China and are well serviced by many of the world’s major airlines. As our guests come from all over the planet we do not include flights in our tour prices. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. We can, however, book the domestic flights on your behalf.
IMPORTANT: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour Price (Per Person) CNY27,500 * €3,530 * £2,830 * USD4,570

(Tour price fixed in Chinese Yuan, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)

Please Note: Flight costs not included.

About This Supplier
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Location: South Africa
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2007
Client Request Served: 293

M17026 is one of the world’s longest established and most highly regarded birding tour companies. Based in South Africa with satellite offices in USA, Australia and New Zealand, their team of professional tour leaders and dedicated office support staff arrange and guide more than 250 annual birding and wildlife tours...

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