6 Days Northeast Yunnan Winter Birding Tour to Dianchi Lake, Nianhu Lake and Dashanbao

Seagull, another name: red-beaked gull, comes from cold Siberia. Indeed, with many  historical and cultural sites, Kunming has been an important destination for watching seagulls in winter in the southwest of China since the 1980s. In this 6 Days Winter Birding Tour you will visit not only Kunming, but also other places such as Nianhu Lake of Daqiao Township, Huize County and Dashanbao Black-necked Crane Nature Reserve which situated in Dashanbao Township,Zhaotong City,


  • Visit the Dianchi Lake, Nianhu Lake and Grand Canyon on the way.
  • Watch red-beaked seagulls and Black-necked Crane.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Kunming-Dianchi Lake
  • Day 2: Kunming-Huize County
  • Day 3: Nianhu Lake Bird Watching
  • Day 4: Huize-Dashanbao
  • Day 5: Dashanbao Bird Watching
  • Day 6: Dashanbao-Kunming

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities:Dianchi Lake Sea Gull watching

Arrive in Kunming this morning, drive to Kunming Dianchi Lake Dam for bird( seagull) watching. Diandhi Lake Dam, on the eastern shore of the Dianchi Lake, the dam is one of the popular sites in Kunming’s Dianchi Lake Holiday Resort 8 km from downtown. During the Chinese New Year Festival, herds of locals and tourists will gather here to feed seagulls and admire scenery of the West Hill.

Day 2 Kunming-Nianhu Lake of Daqiao Township, Huize County

Sightseeing and Activities:Nianhu Lake, Black-necked Crane watching
Accommodation:Huize County

This morning, pick up at your hotel, drive from Kunming to Daqiao Township of Huize County (about 270 km, 4 hours driving). Then visit Nianhu Lake Black-necked Crane Nature Reserve.  After the sunset, go back the hotel. 

Day 3 Nianhu Lake Bird Watching

Sightseeing and Activities:Bird watching
Accommodation:Huize County

Get up in the early morning before the sunrise. Walk to Lijiawan village(李家湾) by passing through mountain road. Standing at Lijiawan village to watch the panorama of Nianhu Lake. At this time, you could see the black-necked crane flying over when the sun is rising. 

At noon, you can have a rest in the hotel. About 3:00 pm, go on your bird watching at Nianhu Lake until the black-necked fly away.

Day 4 Huize-Zhaotong-Dashanbao

Sightseeing and Activities:Nianhu Lake, Dashanbao Bird Watching

My Yunnan Bird Tour to Dashanbao Nature Reserve in Zhaotong, Nianhu Lake in Huize and Caohai Lake in Guizhou

Get up in the early morning to watch the birds flying through the sunshine. After breakfast, drive to Dashanbao township of Zhaotong City( about 235 km, 5 hours driving).  Zhaotong is aprefecture-level city located in the northeast corner of Yunnan province of Southwest China.  

During the road to Dashanbao Scenic Resort, you will pass through “Xianrentian” , a meadow which you will feel like in Mongolia. Then visit Tiaodun Lake. About 5:00 pm, climb up to Jigongshan Mountain  to watch the sunset. Jigongshan Mountain is a spectacular scenery in Dashanbao Scenic Area. The riverbank suddenly narrowed when flows into this area, and the high mountains beans are interlockin. With a drop with more than 2000 m, formed the very magnificent wonders like sea of clouds. It’s known as the Grand Canyon in China.

Day 5 One Day Bird Watching in Dashanbao

Sightseeing and Activities:Dahaizi Sunrise, Dashanbao Bird Watching

This morning, drive to Dahaizi in Dashanbao Black-necked Crane Nature Reserve at about 6:00 am. The sunrise there can not be missed and then start your one day bird watching here. This afternoon, you will come back to hotel until the cranes fly back to their nests.

Day 6 Dashanbao to Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities:Dahaizi Sunrise, Dashanbao Bird Watching

This morning, drive to Dahaizi in Dashanbao Black-necked Crane Nature Reserve at about 6:00 am. Enjoy the sunrise and bird-watching at the same time. After breakfast, drive back to Kunming(about 6 hours driving). Service ends.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostels
Kunming Sofitel Hotel Jingjiang Hotel Long Teng Hotel Tu Tu Inn
Huize County / / Xin Din Hotel /
Zhaotong / Jiangshan Hotel Ziguang Hotel /

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.

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.