I’m going to China with my mom and my sister in April. Now, we’re only going for like 10 days and the purpose is purely touristic, meaning we’re going to see things that “regular” people go to see in China. So it’s totally not my style of travel, but then again, my mom is paying for it, so I really can’t complain… And I definitely do want to see the touristic things the first time I’m in China.
HOWEVER… I also can’t imagine going all the way to China and not trying to catch some endemic species. So, I was wondering if there’s any way to go for 1-2 nights to the Qinling mountains purely for Giant Pandas, even if it requires completely ignoring the other stuff around there (golden takin, snub-nosed monkey etc.).
Or would you say to just not worry about it this time, and concentrate on mammal watching “next time” I’m in china..? As an avid mammal watcher, I 100% recognize that china is a Megadiverse country and going to see “just” the Giant Panda for the lack of time and interest by other participants is kind of a waste, but if I have this ‘notch under my belt’ I will be able to concentrate on other stuff when I come to China for wildlife watching.
For those of you who know China well, my mom told me we will be in the following places: Beijing, Chengdu, Bifengxia, Leshan, Emeishan, Huanglong, Jiuzhaigou, Chongqing, Dazhu, Fenghuang, Zhangjiajie area.
Are any of those a good starting point for Giant Panda tracking? I know the Qinling Mountains are closest to Xi’an but my mom has been there before and wants to see new things so we’re not going to stop by there.. If Giant Panda is completely out of the question, are there any other good mammal stuff for 1 or 2 night outings from the places I mentioned? Like I said, since my mom is paying for the trip, I might be able to squeeze in 1-2 days of wildlife stuff, and that’s it.
Thanks in advance!!! Please throw any information you have at me, Every bit will be helpful and meaningful.