Yak-o-rama - "a panorama with Yaks"
We flew to Kunming in mid-April, and from there to "Xiang Ga Lei La" ("Shangri-la" - geddit?). The town was formerly Zhongdian. The name of the town and surrounding area was changed a few years ago to promote tourism.
Lao Shay Guesthouse
Our first birding of the trip was around the shallow wetland of Napahai. Most of the wintering birds had gone, but there was still quite a lot to see.
Northern end of Napahai
many Red-billed Choughs
Himalayan Griffon Vultures feeding on dead livestock
"Shangri-la" and a lot of the rest of NW Yunnan lies at elevations of 3,000 metres or more.
Traditionally a lot of the locals are Tibetans, and this atmosphere makes it an interesting place to visit, not just for birdwatchers.