4 Days Guizhou Birding Tour with Caohai Lake and Huaxi Wetland

According to zoogeographical division, Guizhou belongs to the Oriental zone, and the bird species in Guizhou account for two thirds of the total bird species in the whole of Oriental zone.

Caohai Lake, the largest fresh water lake in Guizhou, is located in the west of Weining County, with an area of 12,000 hectares. It is named ‘Grass Lake’ (or Sea of Grass) because of the vast water surface of the lake and lush grass at the bottom of the lake. The lake is a marvelous habitat for over 200 bird species. Caohai Nature Reserve was established in 1985 to protect Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis as over 400 over-winter from November thru March, and the ecosystem of plateau wetlands and was upgraded to national-level reserve in 1992. The hedgerows around villages at the edge of of Caohai are a place for Daurian Redstart, Brown-breasted Bulbul and White-browed Laughingthrushes. In an area with few mature trees, Grey-headed Woodpeckers will search for grubs under the eaves of traditional houses. There are also good numbers of Bar-headed Geese, Red-crested Pochard and other wintering ducks.


  • Engjoy a birding tour to one of the famous birding places in China-Caohai.
  • Visit Guiyang urban wetland park-Huaxi Wetland and find more birds in this park.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Guiyang

Sightseeing and Activities: Guiyang Arrival, Birding Tour
Accommodation: Guiyang

Pick you up from Guiyang airport in the morning. In the afternoon, drive to Huaxi Wetland Park for bird watching tour.

Transfer to hotel for overnight.

Day 2 Guiyang-Weining-Caohai

Sightseeing and Activities: Bird watching
Accommodation: Caohai
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Drive 4 hours from Guiyang to Caohai in Weining County. In the afternoon, bird watching tour at Caohai Wetland.

Day 3 Caohai

Sightseeing and Activities: Bird watching
Accommodation: Caohai
Meals: breakfast, lunch

A whole day for bird watching tour at Caohai Wetland.

Day 4 Caohai-Guiyang

Sightseeing and Activities: Bird watching
Accommodation: none
Meals: breakfast

In the morning, bird watching tour at Caohai Wetland. In the afternoon, drive back to Guiyang for departure. Service ends.

Service Included:

  • All land transfer and transportation as listed in the itinerary;
  • Excellent English speaking tour guide and skilled driver;
  • Entrance tickets mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Two bottles of water each day each person;
  • Accommodation with breakfast;
  • Meals as mentioned.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When take photos, please pay attention to your safety, do not shoot in dangerous areas.