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This said, China has an enormous number of avian species and wherever you are you are likely to see a host of birds – even Hong Kong has its share and it’s worth visiting the new Wetlands Park (see p. 528) and Mai Po Marshes. If birding is your primary interest, it’s worth heading to the remote northeast of the country, which is notable for herons and cranes that abound between April and September. The northeast also offers some of China’s last remaining great wilderness and is home to bears, musk deer and reindeer, moose and tigers.

The northeast also offers some of China’s last remaining great wilderness and is home to bears, musk deer and reindeer, moose and tigers. In terms of flora, although there are plants and flowers throughout the country, for botanists the far west is the place to go. Ever since Joseph Rock, the 20th-century explorer, made it out here and catalogued what he saw, Yunnan’s incredible floral biodiversity has attracted specialists. The grasslands here and in Szechuan and Tibet also support a host of animals, including wild yaks and argali sheep.

In spite of protection efforts, the future doesn’t look bright for these beautiful creatures. Snow Leopard – The snow leopard is amongst China’s most endangered animals. while their pelts fetch as much as US$50,000 on the illegal fur market, their bones are also popular as a traditional Chinese medicinal remedy, factors which when Siberian tigers combined with decreasing habitat have seen their numbers dwindle. Now protected, and bred in captivity, some increase in numbers is being seen, but it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever see them in the wilderness of their Gansu, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia and Tibetan Plateau ranges.

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