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Wildlife Locations

Approximately 15% of China is protected by nature reserves, including the spectacular Tangjiahe Nature Reserve in Sichuan, home to small populations of the endangered giant panda, golden snub-nosed monkey and golden takin.

3 recommended locations:

Labahe Nature Reserve

Situated in the Hengduan Mountains southwest of Chengdu in the province of Sichuan, the Lahabe Nature Reserve is a protected area of alpine forest which is perfect for red panda. This reserve is one of the best places in the world to see this characterful mammals as well as a host of other species.

  • Where: Sichuan Province
  • Ideal for viewing: red panda, Tibetan macaque, golden-breasted fulvetta, hog badger, white giant flying-squirrel
  • Excellent for: Birdwatching

Ruoergai

Situated on the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau, the grasslands and rocky outcrops of Ruoergai are one of the few places to see China’s iconic cats – Pallas’s cat and Chinese mountain cat. Tibetan fox and wolf are also spotted here, making it an excellent location to see the region’s predators.

  • Where: Sichuan Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Pallas’s cat, Chinese mountain cat, Tibetan fox, plateau pika, Tibetan gazelle
  • Excellent for: Wolf watching

Tangjiahe Nature Reserve

Tangjiahe Nature Reserve is situated along the northeast border of Sichuan Province, right in the centre of China. Covering an area of 400 square kilometres, this reserve was established as a refuge for wild giant pandas, but is currently one of the best spots to see China’s mammals.

  • Where: Sichuan Province
  • Ideal for viewing: hog badger, golden takin, Tibetan macaque, Temminck’s tragopan, leopard cat
  • Excellent for: Birdwatching

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Wildlife trips

China is blessed with incredible biodiversity and is home to some of the world’s most endangered species, ranging from red pandas to Pallas’s cat. China’s nature reserves offer an abundance of wildlife, including over 500 mammal species and an amazing 1,400 species of birds.

1 recommended trip. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Sichuan’s Sensational Mammals & Birds

This small group tour through the province of Sichuan provides opportunities to see some of China’s unique and rare wildlife. Sichuan is one of the few places on Earth where there are reliable chances to see red pandas, Pallas’s cat, Tibetan fox and many other fascinating mammals.

  • When to go: Oct, Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,625 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

When to go

Seasonal timings in China are similar to those in Europe and the US, but due its sheer size, there is a diversity of climates across the country. The best time to visit is during the spring and autumn when temperatures are cooler and rainfall is lower. 

Seasons

  • Winter

    Dec to Feb: Winter is typically bitterly cold, but with less rainfall than the rest of the year.
  • Spring

    Mar to May: Spring is one of the best times of the year to visit as temperatures are warm, with little rainfall.
  • Summer

    Jun to Aug: This is the hottest and wettest time of the year with temperatures soaring to around 35 degrees Celsius.
  • Autumn

    Sep to Nov: Cooler temperatures with reduced rainfall, Autumn is usually one of the best times to visit.

Wildlife events

  • Oct to Nov:

    Best time to see red panda in the wild