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China Winter Birding

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 8 - 12 people
Destination(s): China  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 4510 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4600 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!

Tour Dates: 2nd to 15th December (14 days)

Tour Price: US$4,510 * £3,020 * €3,530 * CNY27,950 (See below)
US$310 approximate cost of domestic flights
(Tour price fixed in Chinese Yuan, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)

Tour Size:Limited to 12 participants with 1 M17026 leader & 1 local birding leader

THE ITINERARY

2nd December- Arrival in Shanghai and transfer to Fuzhou
3rd December- Minjiang Estuary and Fuzhou Forest Park
4th December- Fuzhou to Emei Feng
5th & 6th December- Emei Feng
7th December-Emei Feng to Poyang Hu
8th December-Poyang Hu
9th December-Poyang Hu to Wuyuan
10th December-Wuyuan
11th December-Wuyuan to Shanghai
12th December-Shanghai to Yancheng
13th December-Yancheng
14th December-Yancheng to Shanghai
15th December- Departure

GROUP SIZE:
This tour will be limited to 12 participants with 1 M17026 leader & 1 local birding leader.

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS: The fee for the China Winter Birding tour is US$4,510 * £3,020 * €3,530 * CNY27,950 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 +/- US$310 per person. We can book these flights on your behalf at no extra charge.)
The single supplement cost is US$345 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.

The 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. 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.) Approximate domestic flight and single supplement rates have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 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 M17026 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 M17026 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 M17026 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 M17026 office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour Price US$4,510 * £3,020 * €3,530 * CNY27,950 (See below)
US$310 approximate cost of domestic flights
(Tour price fixed in Chinese Yuan, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)

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