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Situated in northern Sichuan around 300 kilometres from Chengdu, Tangjiahe Nature Reserve is one of the prime locations in China to see the country’s unique mammals and birds.

Founded in 1978, Tangjiahe Nature Reserve was originally established as a refuge for wild giant pandas, and it is thought there are more than 50 of these endangered creatures here. As you may expect, the giant pandas remain elusive and often keep to the most secluded corners of the reserve.

Despite this, Tangjiahe is a must-see location for any wildlife enthusiast who visits China, as the reserve is an excellent spot to see many of the country’s mammals and birds. Hog badger, golden takin, Tibetan macaque, Chinese serow, leopard cat, Malayan porcupine and Chinese goral are just some of the intriguing mammal species that can be found here.

There is also a host of birdlife to see. Some of the birding highlights include crested kingfisher, Gould’s sunbird, spectacled parrotbill, golden-breast fulvetta and even Temminck’s tragopan. In addition to this fantastic wildlife, Tangjiahe is also complemented by its scenery of lush forests, valleys and vegetated hillsides. 

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Key info

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

Wildlife trips

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