Bird Watching Tour - Springs of China 2019

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YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE Unique Yellow Sea spring Birdwatching tour TO CHINA IN SEPTEMBER

Itinerary can be downloaded on this page, or a copy obtained by phoning free-call on 1 300 88 66 78 (China Best Tours).


Day 1: 05 May 2019 Australia – Shanghai

Meal: B/L/D

Today you will fly to Shanghai, upon arrival, please collect your luggage and meet your tour guide and drive to the hotel for 1 night.

Accommodation: 1 night at Shanghai Central Hotel 4*

Day 2: 06 May 2019 Shanghai to Rudong

Meal: B/L/D
This morning travel to Rudong, (92 kilometres of coastline), situated on the Yellow Sea Coast. This afternoon we start to explore and watch the migratory shorebirds and woodland birds.

Accommodation: 3 nights at Nantong Links Hot Springs Hotel.

Day 3: 07 May 2019 – Rudong

Meal: B/L/D
Visit the largest mudflat in the Yellow Sea Region – Tiaozini Mudflat in Dongtai County, with its mirror-sky like mudflat and home of tens of thousands of birds from Australia and New Zealand.

Day 4: 08 May 2019 – Rudong

Meal: B/L/DEnjoy watching shorebirds and land birds in Xiaoyangkou and Dongtai areas, home to abundant bird and marine life, and serve as migratory stopovers for the spoon-billed sandpiper, a critically endangered bird which now numbers in the hundreds. Optional: fishing community visit or local primary schoolvisit, (long term local conservation partners.)

Day 5: 09 May 2019 – Rudong to Shanghai

Meal: B/L/D
Continue to watch birds in Rudong in the morning, then return to Shanghai in the afternoon and enjoy some free time.

Accommodation: 1 night at Shanghai Central Hotel 4*

Day 6 – 10 May 2019 – Shanghai to Hangzhou

Meal: B/L/D
Take a bullet train to Hangzhou, enjoy birdwatching in Hangzhou Botanical Gardens, and then head to Wuyuan by train in the evening. Stay overnight in Wuyuan.

Day 7: 11 May 2019 – Hangzhou to Wuyuan

Meal: B/L/D
Enjoy birdwatching in Wuyuan, one of the most beautiful counties in China for its lakes, mountains and historic ancient community and architecture and visit the first county-level nature reserve for the Blue-crowned Laughingthrush. Stay overnight in Wuyuan.

Day 8: 12 May 2019 – Wuyuan

Meal: B/L/D
Today we will explore different habitats for more species of birds and enjoy some sightseeing. Stay overnight in Wuyuan.

 Day 9: 13 May 2019 – Wuyuan to Shanghai

Meal: B/L/D
Continue birdwatching in Wuyuan in the morning. Then take a train journey back to Shanghai. Stay overnight at Shanghai Central Hotel 4*for 1 night.

Day 10: 14 May 2019 – Shanghai to Australia

Today you will be transferred to the Shanghai Pudong Airport for your flight to Australia.

Non member price: $5850 per person
ACFS Member price: $5750 per person
Single supplement: $780.00
***Minimum group number: 10 people***


  • Twin share at the hotels as mentioned in the itinerary or similar.
  • Fully inclusive tour with English speaking guides, entrance fees, meals as per itinerary.
  • China Eastern Airlines airfare departing from Sydney, Melbourne, to Shanghai and return on economy class including taxes
    and fuel surcharges.
  • Cathay Pacific Airlines airfare departing from Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to
    Shanghai and return on economy class including taxes and fuel surcharges.
  • First class train tickets Shanghai Hangzhou, Wuyuan-Shanghai.
  • Travel by air-conditioned coaches whilst in China.
  • Chinese tea and one glass of soft drink included in all lunches and dinners.
  • All tipping.
  • Local escort from China Coastal Waterbird Census surveyors team.
  • CBT travel wallet and travel bag.

Not included: Chinese visa application fee; personal expenses or travel insurance(Strongly recommended).

Brian Boyd

Tour Leader

Brian Boyd was a trade union activist and official for four decades.
However his other passion, bird-watching, started nearly sixty years ago. At Morwell Primary School he became a member of the Gould League.
Today as an active Member of Birdlife Australia, Brian continues his life long love of all things ornithological.
He has criss-crossed Australia many times, including visits through its far north rainforests, thirteen deserts and a number of key offshore pelagic waters, in search of many elusive bird species.
Birds like the orange-bellied parrot, regent honeyeater and forty-spotted pardalote were hard work to find along the journey.
Brian says bird watching is now in his DNA and he loves encouraging others to enjoy its unique pleasures.

Tour Itinerary