China Classic Landscape Photo Tour with Juanli Sun
Price per participant – USD $4500 Single Occupancy | USD $4000 for Shared Occupancy | Max 4 Participants
Exploring three of the most iconic landscape locations of China – Zhangjiajie, Yellow Mountains & Guilin
Guilin area – This unique landscape conjures up the true spirit of China, and has inspired Chinese artists for centuries, forming the core of their aesthetic culture. The splendid limestone karsts rise thousands of feet above the Li River Valley. When conditions are right, low fog creates a “Sea of Clouds”adding layers of beauty to this stunning landscape.
Zhangjiajie The sandstone pillars of Wulingyuan extend hundreds of meters above the valley floor in this well known UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s often wet and foggy, but with these changeable atmospheric conditions come innumerable photography opportunities.
It was Galen Rowell who said to look to the edges for the most dramatic transitions, and here we have interactions, juxtapositions, contrasts, textures and so much mood and emotional impact. The scenery is breathtaking, majestic and intimate in equal measure when weather allows.
Tianzi Mountain is at altitude of 1260 meters, providing stunning views of the sandstone pillars. Yuanjiajie lies between Huangshi Village and Tianzi Mountain. It becomes well known as the floating mountains in the Hollywoodmovie Avatar. Yangjiajie is another stunning scenic place between Yuanjiajie and Tianzi Mountain.
Huangshan, The Yellow Mountains of Eastern China, have been an inspiration for artists for thousands of years. The amazing granite spires decorated in the beautiful forms of Pine Trees are often draped in low cloud, and it is these combinations that make the place so special. The Huangshan area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rising in the darkness before dawn we will climb to high vantage points to await the coming day. With luck, low clouds will swirl below us, with the world of granite rising in jagged peaks around us. As the sun clears the horizon, the massive walls turn golden, pink and red as they react to the warming rays. The area is simply beautiful and awe-inspiring and in all the times we have been there, we have always left feeling inspired and refreshed.
Sea of clouds best to be seen in the morning after rain from previous day/night. We will be up for that every morning. By only take 4 participants, it’s easier for me to work with limited photography spot on each location and find a way to go to a few locations in the Zhangjiajie National Park for sunrise that would not be possible for normal circumstances as the opening hours is after sunrise.
We will need to get up a couple of hours before sunrise for us to be at photography locations before everyone else.
In Guilin, morning sessions often start before 4am because we need to be at the photography location an hour before shooting time.
1: Meeting Point: Workshop starts in Guilin @ 3pm on first day and ends in Shanghai @2pm on the last day
2: Included: Vehicle Transportation / Photography Location Entry Tickets | Accommodation / Standard of accommodations are very good for this trip | Domestic Train/Flight between Guilin / Zhangjiajie / Yellow Mountains / Shanghai
3: Excluded: Chinese Visa Application – Please consult with us before make your flight arrangement | Travel/Personal/Equipment/Medical Insurance | Beverage | Cost to hire Porter carry your camera bag – $35 per sunrise for Guilin/Yangshuo $100 for Yellow Mountains
4: Fitness Level: You need to be able to walk for over 100 floors and over 20K steps on paved stone steps spread out to 3 shooting sessions, maybe one day when we get great condition in Yellow Mountain. Porters is available for extra costs for all your outings.
Complete Booking Form | Deposit GBP £700 or USD $1000 to reserve your place | Balance due 90 days prior to the Workshop | Visa Application | Arrange details and packing list
Yellow Mountains Photography guidelines & Packing List:
Packing – You will need to pack your essential clothing inside a 30L bag with your tripod, that will be arranged and deliver to our hotel in the mountains. You will be carry your own camera bag and tripod in the mountains and for moving between hotels. Porters cost $80 dollars that will cover from sunrise to sunset photography, please let me know if you require this service.
We will change hotels 3 times in the mountains, so we can explore 3 areas with less hiking every day. The trails are all paved stone steps, we should feel a lot fitter after our Guiling and Zhangjiajie Trip.