Date: 10 - 19 October 2016
You will arrive at Guilin International Airport (KWL) where you will be met by our representative. You will then travel 30min. to our hotel by the lake in Guilin. Orientation/dinner at 7pm.
Accomodation:Ron-Inn, breakfast included
We will have an approx. 90min street photography in the morning, then we will check out and travel to Zhaoxing as a group by fast train (1hr). In Zhaoxing we will check in to our hotel (Indigo Inn or similar) and explore Zhaoxing town, in the evening we will drive (30mins) to TangAn for the evening photos.
We will drive (approx 1hr) to a mountain village, Huang Gang, This is a sleepy Dong Village where nearly all villagers are farmers, we will explore the village, visit a primary school and spend some time in the school, classrooms taking photos, and have dinner with the teachers. We will stay in the village. There is one hotel in this village. It belongs to one of the teachers, it is clean and reasonably comfortable (hard beds).
We will take the fast train to Sanjiang (30mins) and take a minivan to Chengyang (1hr). Chengyang is a small idyllic village famous for it’s wind and rain bridge. This place is favoured by art students due to its idyllic atmosphere and old structures
We will check in to our hotel by the river, have dinner and take night photos.
We will explore the ChengYang village, visit the drum towers, wind and rain bridges, old folks club, have lunch in a farmer’s house, visit rice fields and/or tea gardens depending on weather and where the people are working.
We will drive to LongJi and continue to Ping’An Rice terraces (3hrs). We need to walk the last 30 mins of this journey as there is no car access, it is an up hill walk through narrow paths and steps with lots of photo opportunities (optional sedan chairs carried by 2 man are available). Our luggage will be carried by porters. We will check in to our hotel and explore PingAn/DaZhai area. Stay in PingAn (modern hotel)
If the weather allows, we will go for sunrise photos from the summit. After breakfast we will visit rice terraces where farmers are working. We will drive to Yangshuo after lunch (4.5hrs). We will stay in Lotus Inn or similar in Yangshuo (modern hotel)
We will have a very early start (3am), travel to River Li by minivan (30mins), take bamboo boats to meet the fishermen coming back from fishing, take cormorant fishermen photos at sun rise. We will then drive back to Yangshuo, have breakfast and rest till afternoon. In the afternoon we will explore Yangshuo area.
After breakfast we will check out and drive to Guilin through mountain roads, stopping at scenic locations. One of the scenic spots require climbing up about 400 steps (optional). In Guilin, we will check in to our hotel (Ron Inn or similar), have our dinner and take evening/night photos in Guilin.
Departure day. This day you will be dropped at the airport at a suitable time for your flight.
There is no standard requirement as it depends on what you have and your style. Please feel free to discuss with me individually if you have any questions. In general, you will need your camera with lenses covering 17 to 200mm (on full frame), a tripod for night photos (and if you are planning to do HDR or long exposure shots with ND), an off camera flash ( not essential but can be handy at times). A rain cover for your camera (if your camera is not weather proof), few disposable covers or even a big zip lock bag will do, no need for a heavy cover.
It is recommended to bring a laptop or any other gadget to move photos from your camera to a USB stick for reviewing them with me.
Difficulty and comfort level:
Most climbing is optional but you would get the best out of this trip if you can climb about 200m at a time at a leisurely pace.
You need to be able to walk for 1hr on flat surface at a reasonable pace.
In rural areas, only Chinese food available. hygiene level is pretty good.
Some hotels have hard beds (traditional Chinese) and all have air condition, private bathroom and wifi
Price and booking
Price: 2340 Euro per person based on 2 people sharing.
- Single supplement €350
Airport pick up and drop off
All transportaion during the tour
All entrance fees, permissions
All guide fees
All organizational expenses and fees
- Flights to/from Guilin (Flight help/recommendations available.)
- Food unless exclusively stated
- Health and travel insurance
- Anything not mentioned above as "Price includes"
- 500 Euro booking deposit.
- Balance to be paid 45 days before the start of the trip.