I have in-depth location knowledge and expertise in running photography workshops to various parts of China. My aspiration to offer an immersive experience upon returning to photography has lead me to focus on three regions that I believe have the potential to connect deeply: Gobi desert for its ever changing forms, the classic Chinese landscape of the Yellow Mountains drawing the eyes to its intricacy, and the Himalaya’s snowy peaks where spirits abide.

Over the years, I have become highly skilled in camera functions, photoshop/lightroom processing, and ways to compose in the field to create a body of work I share with others. The collaboration trips I ran with well-known photographers has helped me to develop more ways of facilitating a positive environment for different group dynamics. I am also fully involved in logistics and meal planning every day.

Jeff CarstenShangri-la and Tibet May 2019 Trip Review
I have just returned from an outstanding photographic adventure in China and Tibet with Juanli Sun. She has the uncanny ability to take us to remote places to capture remarkable images. Her artistic ability gave me a chance to see the world a little differently, and the images I’ve returned with are some of the best I’ve ever done. As native of the area, Juanli is the perfect workshop leader for an unforgettable experience in China and Tibet.
Timetable Group Size  Location Price From More Info 
8-16 Oct 2024 5 Gobi Desert  8 days – 5 nights in the desert USD $3500 Link
19-25 Oct 2024 4 Yellow Mountains 6 days – 4 nights in the mountains USD $2800 Link
28 Feb – 7 Mar 2025 4 Yellow Mountains 7 days – 5 nights in the mountains USD $3300 Link
9-17 Mar 2025 7 Gobi Desert co-lead with Andrea Pozzi – 5 nights in the desert USD $3500 Link
19 Sep – 9 Oct 2025 8 Kharta Valley Expedition co-lead with Andrea Pozzi 20 days USD $8600 Link
28 Feb – 7 Mar 2026 4 Yellow Mountain Winter Workshop 7 days – 5 nights in the mountains USD $3300 Link
Timm ChapmanClassic China Tour and Gobi Workshop
Juanli is as essential to travel as your passport. I joined her for a photo trip to China, an adventure fraught with drama on my part; first with my baggage not arriving until days into the trip. Juanli translated to fill out required lost luggage documents, then took me shopping to find the largest winter coat probably in the country to cover my 6’4” frame.
Next drama came when the heel on my hiking boots disintegrated. Juanli found me a cobbler in a rural town, whom proceeded to build me a new heel.
Then if that wasn’t enough, my crown came off at dinner high up in the mountains of Huangshan, and Juanli got on the phone and coordinated an emergency visit to a dentist to have it recemented, all without missing a beat in our travel schedule. What most assuredly would have ruined a trip across the globe, Juanli went over and above to ensure that I didn’t miss a thing and that the group was not negatively impacted. Oh, and I got some great photographs of spectacular landscapes along the way. I can’t recommend Juanli Sun enough. You will be in the best of hands