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Baihualing Bird Blinds/Hides

Introducing Baihualing bird blinds/hides & bird feeding stations, Super value Baihualing birdwatching & bird photography tours, GoGrandChina offers the best Baihualing birdwatching & bird photography tours at the most affordable prices.

Introducing Baihualing Bird Blinds/Hides & Bird Feeding Stations

Baihualing is a village nestled in the Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve (GNNR) which encompasses a wide variety of habitats from subtropical evergreen forests up to snow-capped peaks and glaciers at over 6,000 metres. Baihualing offers over 30 feeding stations with well positioned blinds (or “hide” as the Brits say) in the mid-altitude (1,800m) secondary forest. The blinds/hides which are owned by a local farmer are strategically placed within easy walking distance from the road and accommodate mostly Chinese photographers and birders. Blind owners built a stage for the birds with water features, logs and stumps that can be filled with suet or worms, places to perch, etc. On one side is the hide – a narrow rectangular tent-like structure with either a long window or portholes for binoculars and cameras and little plastic stools for sitting. The birds are attracted by water (for bathing/drinking) and food, such as mealworms and fruit, which are regularly refreshed and birds visiting them are plentiful. Ongoing management consists of chauffeuring birders back and forth between the hotel and the blind, feeding the birds throughout the day, and collecting the modest fees that birders and photographers pay for the privilege of wonderful close looks at birds that would otherwise be very difficult to find and see well. It’s a winning situation for everyone, including the birds. There's a mouth-watering array of potential species visiting these feeding stations giving point-blank views and amazing photoraphic opportunities at Baihualing, of course there are no guarantees.

There are about 525 species of birds at Baihualing, including: Lady Amherst's Pheasant, Rufous-throated and Hill Partridge, Mountain Bamboo-Partridge, Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, Large Niltava, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Silver-eared Mesia, Blue-winged, Red-tailed and Bar-throated Minlas, Rusty-capped and Yunnan Fulvettas, Slender-billed, Black-streaked and Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babblers, Golden Babbler, White-browed Shortwing, Golden Bush-Robin, Himalayan Bluetail, Scarlet-faced Liocichla, Red-tailed, Assam, Scaly, Black-faced, Blue-winged and Moustached Laughingthrushes, Chestnut-bellied Rock-Thrush, Black-breasted and Long-tailed Thrushes, Black-headed, Crested Finchbill, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Long-tailed and Beautiful Sibias, Whiskered Yuhina, Spot-throated Babbler, Slaty-bellied, Grey-bellied and Chestnut-headed Tesias, Sichuan leaf-Warbler, Hill Prinia, Olive-backed Pipit, and others. There will also be an opportunity to walk the trails which were once part of the Southern Silk Road and explore a variety of different areas in search of Gaoligongshan's rarer inhabitants such as Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Purple Cochoa, Cachar Wedge-billed Wren-Babbler, Grey-bellied Wren-Babbler, Spotted Elachura and Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler. Other possibilities in these forests include Silver Pheasant, Black Eagle, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Crested Goshawk, Wedge-tailed and Pin-tailed Green-Pigeons, Speckled Wood-Pigeon, Collared Owlet, Greater Yellownape, Crimson-breasted, Darjeeling, Bay and Streak-breasted Woodpeckers, Great, Golden-throated and Blue-throated Barbets, Red-headed Trogon, Banded Bay Cuckoo, Long-tailed Broadbill, Maroon Oriole, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, White-browed Bush-Robin, Himalayan Swiftlet, White-bellied Redstart, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Slender-billed and Black-streaked Scimitar-Babblers, Black-throated Parrotbill, Black-headed and Blyth’s Shrike-Babblers, Spot-necked Babbler, Pygmy Wren-Babbler, Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Streaked Barwing, White-browed Shortwing, Flavescent and Mountain Bulbuls, Grey-headed, Brown and Spot-breasted Parrotbills, White-throated Laughingthrush, Broad-billed Warbler, Yellow-cheeked Tit, Chestnut-flanked White-eye, Olive-backed Pipit, Grey Treepie, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Streaked Spiderhunter, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Brown Bullfinch, Yellow-vented Flowerpecker, Black-throated Sunbird and Gold-naped Finch.

Fast Facts on Baihualing Bird Blinds/Hides & Bird Feeding Stations
• Chinese Pinyin: Bai Hua Ling
• Chinese Name: 百花岭
• Type: Wildlife, birdwatching, bird photography, hiking, wildlife
• Tickets: CNY60 per blind/hide per day
• Recommended Visiting Time: 3-5 Days
• Openning Hours: All day round
• Best Time to Visit: October to next May.

How to Get to Baihualing Bird Blinds/Hides & Bird Feeding Stations
• Baihualing is located about 100 kilometers from Baoshan airport. Usually it'll take about more than 2 hours to go from Baoshan airport to Baihualing. Baoshan Yunrui Airport has daily flights flying to and from Kunming.
• There is no public transportation from Baoshan airport to Baihualing, the only way is to charter a private vehicle.
• Bird blinds/hides are located in the mountains, it is about 30 minutes hiking from guest house to bird blinds/hides.
• Transfer between guest house and bird blinds/hides can be arranged by blind/hide owners, it costs CNY30-50 per transfer.

Where to Stay at Baihualing
• There are over 20 guest houses run by local farmers at Baihualing. Please book your accommodation before your arrival. If you find it difficult to book a guest house at Baihualing, please feel free to contact GoGrandChina.

Know Before You Go to Baihualing Bird Blinds/Hides & Bird Feeding Stations
• Credit cards are not accepted at Baihualing, please bring enough Chinese Yuan cash.
• Mobile payment (Alipay & WeChat pay) is accepted at Baihualing.
• In field activities, please pay attention to safety and mosquito bites.
• It is recommended to wear camouflage clothes and other clothes that are close to the natural color as much as possible, and avoid wearing clothes with too bright colors.
• Baihualing is located at a high elevation area with large temperature difference between day and night, and the mountain climate is also changeable. Please bring enough clothes.

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