Another early morning departure saw up on the dry hillsides above Xining in search of Pale Rosefinch. It took a while but eventually everybody managed to get on one of two males seen. A Pied Wheatear was also a nice find, and other commoner birds included Red-billed Chough, Godlewski’s Bunting, Brown Accentor and Oriental Greenfinch….
We then drove some three hours to Lanzhou and flew to the north-west province of Xinjiang and the modern city of Urumqi for the final and ,for me, the most exciting leg of the tour. Bearing in mind the recent terrorist activities I was a little concerned as to what we would face here, but this turned out to be by far the friendliest place I have visited in China.