Emei Shan 峨眉山

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Despite being popular with hundreds of thousands of visitors every year Emei Shan can still be very rewarding from a birding perspective. The mountain is big enough to escape from the crowds.


Key Species

Emei Shan Liocichla


Other Species

Black Baza, Chinese Goshawk, Speckled Woodpigeon, Buff-barred Warbler, Ashy-throated Warbler, Emei Leaf Warbler, Plain tailed Warbler, Elliot's Laughingthrush, Red-winged Laughingthrush, Moustached Laughingthrush, Great Parrotbill, Brown Parrotbill, Grey-hooded Parrotbill, Golden Parrotbill, Golden Bush Robin, White-tailed Robin, Rufous-vented Tit, Pere Davids Tit, Grey-crested Tit, Fire-capped Tit, Chestnut-vented Nuthatch,


Other Wildlife

Tibetan Macaque.



There are three distinct areas to birds - the lower slopes around the villages up to about 800m, the middle section from here up until 2000+m and the higher sections from the end of road to the summit at around 3099m


Habitat and Vegetation

Typical western Sichuan forest habitat.


Getting there

From Chengdu a bus will take 2-3 hours. There are direct buses to Baodong village.


General Information

County:   E Mei Xian                  Area: 100 sq. km Altitude: 500-3099m                Location: 29°32’N, 103°20’E Disturbance: heavy tourist disturbance.