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Best of China - Tibetan Plateau & Beidaihe

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 20 day(s)
Group Size: 8 - 10 people
Destination(s): China  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: October - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 6180 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6180 US Dollar (USD)

China is a vast land of remarkable diversity and brilliant birds. By combining the Tibetan Plateau and the spectacular natural phenomenon of China’s east coast migration, this tour showcases two of China’s finest and most rewarding birding hotspots. In Qinghai we will explore some of the most pristine and remote regions of China for the many special breeding residents and northern migrants that often pass through in good numbers. Targets include Blue Eared Pheasant, Chinese Grouse, Black-necked Crane, Tibetan and Pallas’s Sandgrouse, Tibetan & Himalayan Snowcocks, Henderson’s Ground Jay, Przevalski’s & Chinese Nuthatches, Przevalski's (Ala Shan) Redstart, Gansu Leaf Warbler, aberrant Ground Tit, Yellow-bellied Tit, Blanford’s & Tibetan Snowfinches, Pallas’s, Spotted Great and Tibetan Rosefinches and the unique and beautiful Przevalski's Finch (now in its own family).

Next, with the migration at its peak in September/October along China’s eastern coast, there is no better place to experience this incredible natural gathering of eastern Palaearctic migrants than on Happy Island where mouth-watering species may include Saunders and Relict Gulls, Asiatic Dowitcher, Terek Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Siberian Blue and Rufous-tailed Robins, Siberian Rubythroat, Radde’s and Pallas’s Warblers, Pallas’s Reed, Japanese Reed, Tristram’s and Yellow-throated Buntings and Chinese Penduline Tit to name a few. We then end the tour marvelling at one of the new 7 Wonders of the World with a visit to the Great Wall of China. Fascinating cultures, dramatic and breath-taking landscapes, plus a bounty of exceptional birds all make for one of the most rewarding birding experiences that Asia has to offer!

Important Information

Tour Dates: 26 Sep - 15 Oct (20 days)
Tour Price: (Per Person) CNY37,750 * €4,510 * £3,680 * USD6,180
Single Supplement CNY525 * €70 * £60 * USD90
Flights: (Approx cost) CNY3,260
Spaces Available: Spaces available

THE ITINERARY
26th September- Beijing to Xining
27th September- Xining to Fuzhu Beishan via Dongxia Forest Park
28th September- Fuzhu Beishan area
29th September- Fuzhu Beishan to Heimahe via Lake Koko Nor
30th September- Heimahe area (Rubber mountain) then drive to Chaka
1st & 2nd October- Chaka area
3rd October- Chaka to Wenquan, birding en route
4th October- Almost full day birding Er La Pass then drive to Gonghe
5th October- Gonghe to Xining
6th October- Xining to Beidaihe via Beijing
7th October- Beidaihe & surrounds
8th October- Beidaihe to Happy Island
9th to 12th October- Happy Island
13th October- Happy Island to Beijing via Beidaihe
14th October- Beijing and Great Wall of China
15th October- Beijing and departure

GROUP SIZE:
This tour will be limited to 10 participants with 1 leader & 1 local leader.

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:
The fee for China - Beidaihe & the Tibetan Plateau tour is CNY37,750 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 +/- CNY3,600 per person. We can book these flights on your behalf at no extra charge.)
The single supplement costs CNY3,200 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.
For the current exchange rates please click here.

This includes:
•All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 20 of the main tour;
•Bottled drinking water;
•All lodgings;
•Ground transportation;
•Reserve entrance fees; and
•All guiding services (including local guides and tour leaders).

The tour fee does not include:
•ANY airfares (see above);
•Visa fees;
•Any drinks;
•Special gratuities;
•Telephone calls; and
•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 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
•This China tour is designed to be an intensive birding experience and we will attempt to get good views of as many bird species as possible. At times we will experience physical difficulty when walking up some steep slopes (our pace will always be slow) or during long drives.
•In some areas it can get very cold, especially on the Tibetan Plateau if we encounter high winds. Some of the birds are low in density and we should expect some full days birding without mid-day breaks in order to find the maximum variety of species.
•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. Should you have any physical limitations, please notify us in advance of departure. Furthermore we will be well away from modern medical facilities for most of this tour – if you have any medical or physical limitations, please let the office know in advance of the tour.
•Accommodations vary greatly in China, from excellent in the main centres such as Beijing to very basic on Happy Island and in more remote areas of the Tibetan Plateau. We will do our utmost to make your stay as comfortable as possible, but at times we may experience maintenance problems that are beyond our control. In the remote areas we always opt for the best available accommodation; however, this is often below the standard of what you have come to expect from the developed world. Please note that some accommodations during the tour have basic shared washroom facilities, no hot water, and primitive toilet systems.
•As a substantial amount of time will be spent around 3000m (+-10,000ft), it is of paramount importance that anyone with heart or respiratory ailments seeks medical advice before deciding to participate on this tour. If you are prone to altitude sickness then please be aware that much of this tour will not be suitable.
•Because of the regular change of accommodation, the more luggage you pack the less mobile you are, so it is important for your comfort and ease of travel that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg (44lb) for check in luggage and 8kg (+-18lb) for hand luggage.
•Biting insects are present but generally not problematic during this tour; however some people prefer insect repellent and guests should also be aware in advance if they are allergic to bees. Carrying the necessary medication in this regard is essential; please contact the office and we will advise you further.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include ANY airfares. Those not doing the Lhasa pre-tour extension will depart in the morning from Beijing on day 1. It is often best to arrive the day before the tour start date. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude in Beijing in the morning after breakfast on day 20. 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 is the main port of entry for international flights into China and is well serviced by many of the world’s major airlines. As our guests come from all over the planet we do not include international 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 flight/s 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.

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Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour cost excludes flights.

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