10 Days West Yunnan Birding Tour with Gaoli Gongshan Mountain, Tongbiguan Nature Reserve and Ruili Tropical Forest

Yunnan is well known for its year-round mild climate and the word Yunnan actually means South of the Clouds. There are numerous excellent areas for bird watching tour in Yunnan such as Gaoligongshan and Tongbiguan Nature Reserve. We will take you to visit the most famous sites for birding in Yunnan Province. Many great birds possible, including such gems as Red-tailed Laughingthrush, Red-billed Scimitar-Babbler, Yunnan Nuthatch, Derbyan Parakeet, and Collared Treepie.


  • Experience the diverse birding.
  • Visit spectacular sceneries.
  • Discover the ethnic culture and along the way.

Brief Itinerary:

  • Day 1 Arrive in Baoshan
  • Day 2 Baoshan-Baihualing(Gaoli Gongshan)
  • Day 3 Baihualing(Gaoli Gongshan)
  • Day 4 Baihualing(Gaoli Gongshan)
  • Day 5 Baihualing(Gaoli Gongshan)-Tengchong
  • Day 6 Tengchong-Yingjiang-Tongbiguan
  • Day 7 Tongbiguan
  • Day 8 Tongbiguan-Longchuan-Ruili
  • Day 9 Ruili-Mangshi
  • Day 10 Mangshi Departure

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive in Baoshan

Sightseeing and Activities: Arrival in Baoshan
Accommodation: Baoshan
Meals: Lunch

Arrive in Baoshao airport this morning. Meet your local guide and driver. Transfer to hotel. 

Day 2 Baoshan-Baihualing(Gaoli Gongshan)

Sightseeing and Activities: Baihualing Nature Reserve, Gaoligongshan Mountain, Birding
Accommodation: Baihualing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 Drive to Baihualing in Gaoligongshan. Birding on the way and in Baihualing Nature Reserve in Gaoli Gongshan.

Day 3 Baihualing(Gaoli Gongshan)

Sightseeing and Activities: Baihualing Nature Reserve, Gaoligongshan Mountain, Birding
Accommodation: Baihualing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Birdwatching in Baihualing (Gaoligongshan).

Day 4 Baihualing(Gaoli Gongshan)

Sightseeing and Activities: Baihualing Nature Reserve, Gaoligongshan Mountain, Birding
Accommodation: Baihualing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Birdwatching in Baihualing (Gaoligongshan).

Day 5 Baihualing(Gaoli Gongshan)-Tengchong

Sightseeing and Activities: Baihualing Nature Reserve, Gaoligongshan Mountain, Birding, Tengchong
Accommodation: Tengchong
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Birdwatching in Baihualing (Gaoligongshan) this morning. Drive to Tengchong in the afternoon.  On the way, make several stops for some roadside birding.

Day 6 Tengchong-Yingjiang-Tongbiguan

Sightseeing and Activities: Laifengshan Forest Park, Yunfengshan, Tongbiguan Nature Reserve, Birding
Accommodation: Yingjiang, Dehong
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the early morning, birding at Laifengshan Forest Park. After breakfast, drive about 50 km to Yunfengshan, a Taoist Mountain and important habitats for some mid-altitude birds. Climb to a Taoist Monastery on the top of the mountain. Then drive to Tongbiguan Nature Reserve Yingjiang County for overnight. 

Day 7 Tongbiguan

Sightseeing and Activities: Tongbiguan Nature Reserve, Birding
Accommodation: Yingjiang, Dehong
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Birdwatching in Tongbiguan Nature Reserve.

Day 8 Tongbiguan-Longchuan-Ruili

Sightseeing and Activities: Tongbiguan Nature Reserve, Greater Yingjiang River, Ruili River, Birding
Accommodation: Ruili
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Birdwatching in Tongbiguan Nature Reserve in the morning. Then drive to Ruili and birding at Greater Yingjiang River on the way. Ruili is a birthplace of the Dai ethnic group. The Ruili River looks like a white jade belt winding around green mountains and fields. Ruili is a prosperous border trade city. Overnight at a local hotel.

Day 9 Ruili-Mangshi

Sightseeing and Activities: Nanjingli Woodland and Jiele Reservoir, Birding
Accommodation: Mangshi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Birding at Nanjingli Woodland and Jiele Reservoir. Drive to Mangshi for overnight. 

Day 10 Mangshi Departure

Sightseeing and Activities: Mangshi Departure
Meals: Breakfast

Departure from Mangshi. Service ends.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostels
Baoshan Guanfang Hotel   Baoshan Landu Hotel  Lihong Hotel  Local Guesthouse
Baihualing / / / Local Guesthouse
Tengchong Tengchong Guanfang Hotel  Tengchong Empark Grand Hotel   Tengchong Dongfang Xuanyi Holiday Hotel  Yinxingge Guesthouse
Dehong Mangshi Hotel  
Jingcai Hotel Huangjia Hotel Local Hostel Local Guesthouse

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Two bottles of mineral water each day.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.

Travel Tips:

  • Visitors are advised to always carry changes of clothing due to the large variations in temperature between day and night.
  • The climate is relatively dry, so drink more water every day.
  • Protecting oneself from strong UV radiation at high altitude.
  • Protecting oneself from altitude sickness. Lessen the effects of altitude sickness, avoid strenuous exercise and have plenty of rest. 
  • Respect local customs , habits, and religious beliefs.