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The alpine forest of the Labahe Nature Reserve is one of the best locations in China to see red panda and numerous other mammals, such as Tibetan macaque, Chinese leopard cat and hog badger.

Located southwest of Chengdu in the Hengduan Mountains, the Labahe Nature Reserve is comprised of mixed forests and pockets of dense bamboo. This vegetation and the altitude of the reserve make it perfect habitat for the elusive and endearing red panda. These characterful creatures are adapted to environments 2,200 metres above sea level, but there is a wide variety of other mammals and birds to see here too.

Chinese serow, Tibetan macaque, red and white giant flying-squirrels, sambar deer, Chinese leopard cat and golden takin are just some of the mammals that can be seen in Labahe. In addition, the birdlife is brilliant too with notable highlights being the golden-breasted fulvetta, Lady Amherst’s pheasant, crimson-breasted woodpecker and three-toed parrotbill.

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Key info

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

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This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

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