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Beidaihe and Happy Island

Beidaihe, won the world recognition as a bird watching haven during the 1999 Sky & Ocean
International Bird Watching Race, is the best place for bird watching in East Asia, and is one
of the 4 best holy paradises all over the world, attracts many both Chinese and foreign birders
each year, most birding fans from UK, France, USA, Germany, Japan, Australia, Norway,
Danmark, Finland, Sweden and etc. 
Beidaihe is one of those places that any birder simply has to visit. It has become famous in
spring for the excellent passage of birds, notably passerine but also raptors. 
About 9000 species of birds in the world, and more than 1223 species in China, but about
410 species of birds have been recorded at Beidaihe, and in Spring about more than 200
species could be seen, some of them are rarest such as: Larus relictus (relic gull, 850 birds
recorded in Beidaihe, and recorded only 5000 world wide), Larus saundersi (Saunders's Gull,
not more than 4000 birds survival over the world, most in China coast, and Luanhe--Luan river
mouth in Beidaihe is one of their 3 breeding places); Grus japonensis (Red-crowned Crane); Siberian crane, White stork, Pied harrier, Asian
dowitcher, Nordmann's greenshank
And  a large group of Circus melanoleucos (Pied Harrier) with 14524 members had been ever watched and recorded in 1986; a large group of 
Ciconia boyciana (Oriental White Stork) with 2279 members had been ever watched and recorded; Grus leucogeranus (Siberian white crane);
even some water birds from Austrolia had been seen and recorded. 
Every year, Birding Race will be held in May in Beidaihe, attracts many Chinese and foreign birding fans to watch birds.

Better time to watch birds: Mar-Jun and Sep-Nov

Happy Island
Happy Island Birdingoriginal named "Shijiu Tuo Island" or "Bodhi Island" by local people, but named "Happy
Island" by Martin Williams who almost the founder of China birding, "Kuaile Dao" in Chinese, 
it is almost a pure paradise solely for birds and with title disturbance from tourists, only about
5 minutes ride on a small speedboat, although a tiny island, about 2kms long and 1kms wide,
but it play important role that host to numerous migrating birds, mainly shuttling between
Siberia and South China. The number species of birds in Happy Island almost the same as in
Beidaihe due to its proximity to Beidaihe and their similar geographical conditions.
There are about 408 species of birds. 29 of them are resident, 379 of them are migrant birds.


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