RFI Birding in China and fieldguides

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Subject: RFI Birding in China and fieldguides
From: Brent Stephenson <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2001 11:35:40 +1300
Hi all,

Am currently planning a birding trip in China following the IOC in Beijing in late August 2002. Currently thinking of flying to Beijing, via a 3-4 day stopover in Hong Kong (to visit Mai Po amongst other spots).

Following the conference plan on spending 3-4 weeks birding, but as yet have not developed an itinerary. Beideihe is an obvious place to visit, although will be fairly busy tourist wise at this time of the year. Are there other areas that people have visited/heard about that they would suggest. Distance from Beijing is no great problem as I am prepared to travel and will probably leave from a city other than Beijing, flying via Hong Kong on the return journey.

With regard to fieldguides, has anyone had experience in this area? I understand that at the present time the MacKinnon guide to Birds of China 2000 is the only 'comprehensive' guide, but are there other guides that people would suggest instead of or as well as eg. Birds of South-East Asia (Robson), Birds of Hong Kong and South China (Viney, Phillips, Lam)??

Any help/hints/information would be greatly appreciated.

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