2 days
December to March

illustration of Black-necked Crane













The Black-necked Crane was the last of the world’s crane species to be discovered.The binomial name – Grus ngricollis gave by Russian geographer Nikolay Mikhaylovich Przhevalsky when he explore the Qinghai Lake in 1876.

The Black-necked Crane is the only alpine species,among 15 species of cranes in the world.It’s also the Class I of endangered and protected species of China

Black-necked crane

Black-necked cranes are migratory birds,they breed at wetlands of Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau,where the high altitude ranging from 3500 to 55000 meters above sea level.During wintering habitat,Black-necked Crane migrates from Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau to Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau,where the altitude ranging from 3000 to 3800 meters above sea level.

2019 Map by International Crane Foundation

Black-necked cranes feed on a variety of foods,including plant roots,tubers,earthworms,grasshoppers,snails,shrimp,small fish,frogs,lizards,beetles,flies,small rodents and other small vertebrates and invertebrates.In Yunnan,they use to have local specialities,such as buckwheat,barley,wheat,potato and turnip.


The cost is changeable during public holiday and festival.


Additional information

MealLocal Flavor
TransportationBus, Car, Van
GearBinocular, Spotting Scope
IncludedAccommodation, Driver, Gear, Guide, Meal, Medicine For AMS, Mineral Water, Permits, Transportation
Not IncludedDrink, Flight, Insurance

Day 1

Drive to National Nature Reserve 3200M
Black-necked crane wintering habitat
Hotel of National Nature Reserve


Day 2

Black-necked crane wintering habitat
Drive to Kunming
Hotel of Kunming

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