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Zhalong Natural Reserve Crane Watching Heilongjiang Tour - 6 Days

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Best Travel Time:April to May, September to November
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The Zhalong Natural Reserve is located at the lower reaches of the Wuyur River in the Songnen Plain, the western part of the province of Heilongjiang. Zhalong covers a total area of 210,000 ha/ 518,700 acres. The wetland in the Zhalong Natural Reserve originated from the Wuyur River of the Lesser Xing'an Mountains near this area, the flooding of the river has formed vast and permanent fresh water reed marshes and lakes. The Zhalong Wetland plays host to more than 260 species of birds, including 35 species of nationally protected birds, it's particularly famous as a habitat for cranes. There are currently fifteen surviving species of crane, China has nine species while the Zhalong Reserve has six of these species. Especially famous is the red-crowned crane, there are over 2000 wild red-crowned cranes in the world, the Zhalong Reserve is home to more than 400 of these, the largest single habitat for the species. Zhalong has post houses and shelters for the many transnationally migrating birds that spend their winter in the Pacific islands, China's southeast coast and the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River but which mate in Mongolia and Russia. Hundreds of thousands of birds pass by Zhalong every spring and autumn.
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US$900/persons 900USD/Person

Day 1 Arrive Harbin

You can fly into Harbin or catch a train, Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang. This charming city has characteristics that speak of its Chinese, Russian and Jewish influences. After we settle down, we drive out of the city to the marshland along the Songhua River for some birding. In the evening we have a birding orientation briefing.
Overnight Hotel in Harbin

Day 2 Harbin to Zhalong

Today, we take Train T401 (0730-0959) to Qiqihar. We meet our van at the railway station and transfer to the city where we will eat lunch. After lunch, we drive for about half an hour to Zhalong and settle down in the guest house. We start our birding in the afternoon.
Overnight Guesthouse in Zhalong

Day 3 Birding in Zhalong

Early this morning, we explore the area around the guesthouse. After breakfast, we head out to the marshland to watch the cranes in the wild. Today, we eat a boxed lunch.
Overnight Guesthouse in Zhalong

Day 4 Birding in Zhalong

This morning we explore another area around the guesthouse.
After breakfast, we drive to another scenic location and head out by foot to watch the cranes. We drive back to the hotel for a rest and in the afternoon we do some birding around the lake by the guesthouse.
Overnight Guest house in Zhalong

Day 5 Zhalong to Harbin

We depart Zhalong in the morning and head for Qiqihar. En route, we take a stop by another lake where we might see thousands of birds migrating in flocks. We drive to Qiqihar for lunch and then take Train T406 (1335-1558) back to Harbin.
Overnight hotel in Harbin

Day 6 Depart Harbin

This morning, we take a short city tour. First we visit the Church of St. Sophia which was first built in 1922 by the Russians and then Zhongyang Dajie, the central avenue of where the century old buildings still shine with charm. We then take a flight or train back home.
Trip ends.

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