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China Classic Landscape Photo Tour | 13th – 25th Feb 2019 fully booked

15th – 28th Feb 2020 – Available – Click Link for more info

Price per participant – USD $4600 Single Occupancy

Exploring three most iconic landscape locations that inspired Chinese Artists for thousands of years – Wulingyuan, Yellow Mountains and Guilin

Yellow Mountain Winter Forest


Wulingyuan Mountain 




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.


Wulingyuan Image by Russell Jacobs


Wulingyuan Image by Russell Jacobs



Wulingyuan BW Image by Agnes Chan


Wulingyuan BW Image by Agnes Chan


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 never left not feeling inspired and refreshed.


Yellow Mountains Photo Tour


Yellow Mountain Photo Tour

Yellow Mountains Sunrise

Yellow Mountain Photo Tour

Yellow Mountains Photo Tour


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, creating layers of mystery as far as the eye can see.

In the winter time, cold air create morning fog is common, with the “sea of cloud” adding further layers of abstraction to this already stunning landscape. Of course, to get above the fog requires some effort to climb high on one of the karsts, but just rewards await those committed enough to make the steep ascent.


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On this trip we will be focussing on both the landscape and the local culture, one aspect of which is the fisherman’s use of Cormorants to fish the rivers.

Trip Details:

Leader: Juanli Sun

High Activity – You need to be able to hike for over 15000 steps per day and carry your own bag/tripod 

1: Meeting Point: Zhangjiajie Airport code: DYG – Workshop starts 2pm | Workshop  ends 10am in Hongqiao Airport 

2: Included: Vehicle Transportion / Photography Location Entry Tickets | Accommodation / Standard of accommodation is very good for the most of the trip, maybe 2-3 nights in clean guest house in Zhangjiajie | Food / Chinese Food for every meal, we will bring instant Nescafe for early morning | Domestic Train/Flight between Zhangjiajie /  Guilin / Yellow Mountain / Shanghai

3: Excluded: Chinese Visa Application | Flight to Shanghai / Flight out Guilin – Please consult with us before make your flight bookings | Travel/Personal/Equipment/Medical Insurance | Beverage | Cost to hire Porter carry your camera bag – Over $100  per day for Yellow Mountains –  $35 per sunrise for Guilin/Yangshuo

4: Some less known locations require steep hiking (40-60 minutes) on narrow and occasionally exposed trails. The ascent will also be in the dark – but it’s so worth it! We will also find time for night photography if we have good clear weather in the early morning.

Booking Process

Complete Booking Form |  Deposit GBP £800 or USD $1000 to reserve your place | Balance due 90 days prior to the Workshop | Visa Application | Arrange details and packing list | Trip

Yellow Mountains Photography guidelines & Packing List:

Yellow mountain can be crowded with tourists and photographers, so we will make use of moonlight and doing some low light/night photography if weather is clear, often between 10 – 40 minutes hiking on stone steps from hotel.

We will be getting cable car to Yellow Mountain Scenery Area, from there, it’s a short hike up and over a ridge on excellent stepped concrete pathways to reach our hotel and move between Photography locations. We won’t be able to take suitcases with us, so they will be left behind in a safe location prior to our cable car journey.

Packing – You will need to pack your essential clothing inside a 20L bag with your tripod, that will be arranged by paid service to deliver to our hotel in the mountains. You will only carry your camera bag and valuable documents, hotel is 10 – 20 minutes walk on steps, please wear good quality hiking boots.

Photography in the Mountains – You will carry your own camera bag and tripod every day, sometimes we will be walking for over 2 hours, some locations are only 10 – 20 minutes. Porter will cost $100 per day if you require this service, we had never needed in the past.

Clothing you wear: 2 Layers of Inner top, 1 light Down Jacket + water proof top, 1 Inner + outdoor trousers with light water proof, water proof hiking boots with good grip for wet surface

Camera Bag: valuable documents, 1 main body, wide/medium zoom covers 24 – 70, tele photo lens covers 70 – 200 ( 300 would be good ) , 1 spare battery, shutter release cable, 1 ND Filter,  1 CPL Filter, micro fibre lens cloths, spare SD/CF card,  1L water, hard drive for backing-up your images ( We will bring mac laptop with us, so you don’t need to bring laptop with you, but your hard drive need to be compatible with mac system )

20L  bag + Tripod: Personal items, 2 sets of  inner layer top and bottom for change, 3 pairs of warm merino wool socks, camera battery charger, head lamp, Allen Keys for tripod, Heads and Plates, laptop charger or cable if you bring your own laptop.