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Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou At West Lake Presents New Birdwatching Eco Tour

December 23, 2016 Luxury Hotels No Comments Email Email

Originating from 18th century England, birdwatching has a history spanning over 200 years.

Initially a recreational activity for European aristocrats, today, it has become a popular form of ecotourism and a hobby enjoyed by millions of people across the world. While birdwatching was first introduced in the west, China is becoming an increasingly coveted birding destination for its great biodiversity and large number of rare species of birds.

Prominently featured in ancient Chinese mythologies and folklore, birds have always held a special place in Chinese culture and are deemed a symbol of resilience and freedom. Birdwatching had its start in China in the 1980s. Hangzhou in particular, with its beautiful landscape and wonderful wildlife conservation efforts, has attracted growing attention of professional and amateur birdwatchers alike.

To offer its guests a fun and sustainable way to discover Hangzhou’s wild birds and their natural habitats, Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake has newly designed an ecotourism program named the West Lake Wildbird Exploration. Guided by professional tour guides from the Hangzhou Wildbird Society, the tour starts from the Hotel’s scenic garden before venturing around the West Lake, and takes a total of 1-1.5 hours depending on the guests’ preferences. Bring binoculars and a birdwatching map specifically designed for the tour, and get ready to be greeted by an array of colourful wild birds such as the white wagtail, the Mandarin duck, the little egret and the spangled drongo. No matter if you are an ornithologist extraordinaire or simply a fan of the winged creatures, the tour will be a unique and exciting opportunity to get close to nature and experience a different side of West Lake’s alluring charm.

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