Tangjiahe nature reserve in Sichuan, with some of the natural gems of China

10th-15th April 2020

Extension tour to: Wild Yunnan and Shaanxi – charismatic apes, colorful birds and Chinese countryside, 28th March-11th April 2020

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Some of the tour highlights:

  • One of China’s legendary nature reserves
  • Photo opportunities with unique mammals such as Golden Taki, Reeves’s Muntjac, Tufted Deer, Chinese Goral, Tibetan Macaque and Serow
  • The amazingly colorful Temminck’s Tragopan and Golden Pheasant
  • The best season for the Asian Black Bear and the Tawny Fishing Owl
  • A small, but possible chance of seeing the Giant Panda. About sixty bears live in the park, but they are very difficult to see
  • A number of endemic plants, trees and birds
  • Amazingly delicious food
  • Staffan Widstrand will show his best sites and provide photographic advice to a small group that share the same interests

You will not want to miss this extension tour.

The focus is on the wildlife of Tangjiahe’s lovely nature reserve. Tangjiahe is in the Sichuan province, offering species such as the large Golden Taki, Asian Black Bear, Tibetan Macaque, Tufted Deer, Reeve’s Muntjac, Chinese Goral, Serow, Otter, Wild Boar and many more.

Tangjiahe is in China’s very species-rich karst rock zone, classed as one of the World’s 36 biodiversity hot-spots. Today, Tangjiahe is a Rewilding area, where nature has to a great extent been allowed to manage itself for over 35 years. Wildlife has recovered rapidly. Animals are less timid than in other parts of China, and are considerably more abundant. Species richness is very high amongst the steep mixed woodlands and bamboo-clad limestone valleys, with a surprising variation of tree and bird species. Several varieties of Rhododenron, Handkerchief trees, Katsura trees, Tetracentron, Cunninghamia and the famous Ginkgo grow here. This might even be the origin of the Ginkgo tree, as one of the park’s trees is at least 1 700 years old!

There are several species of endemic fish in the clear streams, whilst birds, such as Pied Forktails, pretty Plumbeous Water Redstarts, stylish White-capped Water Redstarts, Grey Wagtails and Brown Dippers can be seen. We will take trips in the reserve’s own vehicles, walk in the woodlands, and do at least one long hike up to the Mo Tian Ling pass, through a fantastic moss and lichen-clad Rhododendron and Bamboo forest. There, we will have the chance of seeing the colorful and otherwise elusive Temmink’s Tragopan. Even Giant Pandas occur (about 60 in the reserve) and Golden snub-nosed monkeys live here, but are incredibly hard to see. If we run across any of them, we will have to count ourselves very lucky. This also applies for Clouded Leopards, that are not uncommon, but incredibly hard to see. Birds in the area include the Tawny Fishing Owl, Crested Honey-Buzzard and several species of Parrotbills, Tits and other small local species.

China-connoisseur and photographer Staffan Widstrand will lead the tour. Staffan is a National Geographic Explorer and CEO of the great initiative Wild Wonders of China.

Nature, weather and wild animals are not predictable, which we have to be aware of. We will constantly try to optimize the opportunities to get the best images, of the most important species and environments.

The local guides, together with Staffan, have considerable experience of China, wildlife and Tangjiahe. These parts of China often mean good food. Sichuan is a gastronomical centre, and no-one will go hungry on the tour. Accommodation will be in high-standard hotel rooms, with en suite bathrooms. Staffan will hold photo tuition, and he will also provide feedback on participants images, and any necessary photo-coaching.

Travel facts

10th-15th April 2020

1 890 € (Euro)
(Registration fee 378 €)*

Tour leader
Staffan Widstrand

Number of participants
Min 6
Max 15

Last date to register
31st December 2019

Price includes
Share in double room with private shower in hotels of middle class. Full board, photo workshops, land transports from Chengdu/Foping Day 1 to Chengdu Day 6, entry fees, local guides and Swedish tour guide.

Single room fee
400 €

Price does not include
Return flight to/from Chengdu. (NOTE: Contact us for information about airline tickets and visa booking), visa, tips, insurance, cancellation insurance, beverages and personal items.

The extension tour begins in Foping and ends at Chengdu airport, CTU.

Photo equipment
As we will have opportunities of many different types of subjects, ranging from landscape to mammals and birds, it is advisable to bring everything from a wide-angle lens and macro to a telephoto lens. A wide angle zoom lens with focal length 24-70mm is excellent not only for landscape photography but also for certain wildlife photography.
A telephoto zoom lens, eg 70-200mm or 80-400mm or 180-400mm or 200-500mm, provides very good conditions for taking varied images of birds and mammals.
Telephoto lenses with a fixed focal length, such as 500 mm, or 600 mm are very useful for bird and mammal photography. To “increase” the focal length, if you have a shorter telephoto lens or a zoom, you can use a tele converter or use a camera with a DX format sensor.
As it may sometimes rain, it is important to have good rain-protection for the camera equipment. The best thing is a rainproof camera protective cover. Also, consider having a good cover for the camera bag or backpack.
If you have access to two camera bodies, it’s a good idea to bring both.
A lightweight tripod is recommended. There are also more images to capture than you might have expected, so please bring multiple memory cards and hard drives.

We expect temperatures from 15-20 degrees C in Tangjiahe, with cooler nights and mornings. Solid field clothes are recommended (shorts are not recommended due to possible sharp twigs, thorns and leeches). Jumper, jacket, gloves and hat, just in case. Rainwear is a must. A rain poncho is recommended, as well as a small umbrella. Light but sturdy hiking boots are good. A telescopic hiking pole is extremely useful and strongly recommended. A cap or hat is necessary, and sunglasses against the strong sun. A thin Merino wool base layer makes life more pleasant, in case of cooler hotel rooms.

Group and language
Our tours are open to all nationalities, so the group may be international. Our tour leaders speak Swedish and English.

For entry in China, EU citizens need a tourist visa. Apply for a visa in good time! You will receive a necessary invitation from the Chinese travel agent to be submitted together with your passport to apply for a visa.
The visa application is preferably made through your local visa handling agent or the Chinese Embassy visa office.

*Terms of payment
Registration fee to be paid on registration. Remaining fees to be paid latest 60 days before the tour starts.

Additional information
Contact your insurance company about insurance, including cancellation insurance. Contact your doctor about vaccination requirements.

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Subject to changes due to weather, traffic or authority decisions.

Day 1 (10th April) (Dinner)
The tour commences at Qingchuan Railway Station in the afternoon, when we continue by bus up to Tangjiahe, arriving in the evening. Accommodation at a good hotel, in natural surroundings, for the entire tour.

Day 2-4 (11th-13th April) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
In Tangjiahe nature reserve with chances to photograph Taki, Asian Black Bear, Wild Boar, Tufted deer, Reeves’s muntjac, Tawny Fishing owl, Temminck’s Tragopan, Tibetan Macaque, Chinese Goral, Otter, Golden Pheasant, and local plants and birds.

Day 5 (14rd April) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Return to Qingchuan by bus, then high-speed train for two hours back to Chengdu. Explore Chengdu’s old town in the evening. Accommodation at a central hotel.

Day 6 (15th April) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Transfer to Chengdu airport for flight home.


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