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Birding Chongqing

Strictly speaking Chongqing is not a province but a municipality but it has the same political status as a province. Located on the edge of the Yungui Plateau, Chongqing is intersected by the Jialing River and the upper reaches of the Yangtze. It contains Daba Shan in the north, Wu Shan in the east, Wuling Shan in the southeast, and Dalou Mountain to the south. The city is very hilly and is the only major metropolitan area in China without significant numbers of bicycles.

Chongqing is the largest and most populous of the People's Republic of China's four provincial-level municipalities, and the only one in the less densely populated western region of China. Formerly (until 14 March 1997) a sub-provincial city within Sichuan Province, the municipality of Chongqing has a registered population of 31,442,300 (2005). The boundaries of Chongqing municipality reach much further into the city's hinterland than the boundaries of the other three provincial level municipalities (Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin), and much of the municipality, which spans over 80 000 km², is rural. The population of the urban area of Chongqing proper was 5.09 million (2000)[2].

The municipal abbreviation, (Yú), was approved by the State Council on 18 April 1997. Chongqing was also a municipality of the old Republic of China. Its abbreviated name is derived from the old name of a part of the Jialing River that runs through Chongqing and feeds the Yangtze River.



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Number of Species

Number of bird species: 438

(As at August 2018)


Chongqing Bird Watching Society


The bird watching and wildlife community of Chongqing City…


Abbreviations Key

NNR Jinyun Shan


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It’s only 20KM away from central area of Chongqing and there are 1605 animals: 239 vertebrate, 1249 invertebrate, 52 mollusc and 65 annelid, including small civet cat, adjutant bird…

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Birding In Chongqing Municipality


Chongqing city belongs to subtropical humid monsoon climate zone with hot summer and warm winter, light and heat in the same season, a long frost-free period and plenty rain, so the city is known as one of the four stove cities in China.Chongqing city is located in southwest of China's interior and the upper reach of Yangtze River which is at the eastern edge of the Sichuan Basin and on the transition zone from Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to the Yangtze River.

Chongqing Birding


...the meeting was to be held in Jinfoshan National Nature Reserve in Nanchuan District, Chongqing. So I added a day to my trip for birdwatching and ended up on the top of this spectacular mountain for three days. Whilst floods were raging in Hubei and Anhui, we 40 birdwatchers enjoyed beautiful weather–blue skies and only occasional quick showers of rain to liven up the bird life...