April 11th 
Luogujing 箩古箐 to The Dayangchang 大羊场

We set off to drive (in our host’s Beijing Jeep – we paid RMB 300 for the trip) to the Dayangchang 大羊场 (a big meadow) on the top of the mountain ridge. We had a party of Chinese Babax and a female Northern Goshawk on the way uphill. Lady Amherst’s Pheasants were heard but not seen.  Brief views were also had of the snow-covered Jinsi Chang mountains 金丝厂 before grey skies closed in. The highest point of the road was about 3,500m, and there was some snow on the ground. Our only Alpine Accentors of the trip were noted beside the road.

Dayangchang 大羊场 (a big meadow) had a few domestic Yak grazing here and there.  It was cold and wet.  We bought our cup noodle lunch from the local primary school teacher. School was in session. The single classroom was very basic, with no electricity .  That’s the kindest thing that could be said about it.  We saw Elliot’s Laughingthrushes and Brown Accentors in a gully beside the school.

It is feasible to drive from Dayangchang eastwards to Liming 黎明, a tourist site near the Jinsha Jiang 金沙江 (upper Yangtze) and closer to Lijiang 丽江 but we were told that a bridge had been destroyed to prevent further illegal logging.  It was clear we couldn’t drive further. Common Snipe was a new bird for the trip on the way back.

Luogujing is part of the (proposed) Laojunshan National Park.
Yunnan Province  云南省
March  & April, 2009 三、四月
April 11
Yak-drawn plough The road to Dayangchang The classroom with 13 students, primary one to four.
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