Trip report: Sichuan, China (May-June 2010) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Keith Barnes.

This was a very successful Sichuan trip, finishing off with 302 bird species for the tour, including almost all of the major Central Chinese specialties. We had to deal with some challenges to travelling through this, simply one of the most beautiful and spectacular parts of the world! Most of the participants had been to Bhutan, in its own right gob-smackingly gorgeous, and all had to admit that while Bhutan was more interesting culturally, Sichuan took the cake for physical beauty. Many times people would stand and just relentlessly take photos of the stunning landscapes because anything else seemed inappropriate. The Wolong region is still recovering from the horrific earthquake that shook it to its foundations last year. While access was possible, infrastructure was limited, and intermittent power and water made our time here challenging. However the spectacular scenery of Balagshan, and the incredible birds of this area more than made up for it. The Sichuan government has also decided to embark on one of their unpredictable roadwork projects. Simultaneously tearing up many miles of perfectly good mountain roads, which made travel through the province slow.

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