This is a very important information for foreigners who are going to travel to China if you are looking for a not only professional but also  a SAFE tour.

Accrding to the law “Management Rules for Travel Agency”,any travel agent/company organize foreigners trips must obtain permits and put a sum of money as quality guarantee at local Tourism Bureau.
Then the agent/company can do foreign business and arrange licensed guide & vehicle for the tour.If any errors happend due to the local agent's or repressentatives such as the guide & driver fault,you can talk to the agent to get agreements or have the rights to complain at local Tourism Bureau.

So the first,you should find a legal agent who can do foreign business.Most of Chinese travel agent who only have the permits to do the domestic tourism.The second,the guide and vehicle must have the tourism license and be arranged through the legal agent work for the tour.Licensed guide & vehicle can not tout directly from the market.The third,China still has some places not open for foreigners especially the western China include Tibet.This area has the best destinations for the birds.It is possible to obtain the "Alient's Travel Permit" to entry by means of legal agent.The last,according to the law "Management Rules for Nature Reserve", the key are of the NR can not be entered by any tourist and some limited entry possible but supposed to obtain the permits.


We heard some bad experience from some companies/birders came to China in recent years:

1, contact with a travel agent but the agent knew nothing or quite few on what is Birding...

2, go straight with a English guide and poor condition vehicle, the guide knew few on birds and vehicle driver refused start at 5:30 in the morning...

3, for some target birds must entry the key area of some NRs but the agent and guide do not know need special permits to be arranged in advance...

4, local agent and guide and driver are good on arrangements but clients/organizer are required to pay some extra fees during the trip...

5, not well prepared packed meals... Chinese guide no good bins & telescope...

6, agent do not has full time bird guides and can not give latest updated information on involved situations such as birds and NRs for the partners...

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