Date: April 10 -19
Day 1 (April 10th, Monday):
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. If you arrive early in the day, our guide will give you a short tour of the city. Orientation/dinner at 7pm. This day, we will go through the photographic opportunities we may come across during this trip, and discuss the photography assistance/training you require during the trip.
Review of photos taken, training, post processing time will be scheduled based on your needs through out the trip.
Day 2 (April 11th, Tuesday):
We will have an approx. 90 min street photography in the morning, we will have the opportunity to photograph people doing tai chi and other forms of exercise against a beautiful lake scene. We will check out late morning and travel to Zhaoxing by the new bullet train (1hr). Zhaoxing is a small minority town with typical wooden buildings. Any refurbishments are done in the old style. In Zhaoxing, we will check in to our hotel (Indigo Inn or similar) and explore Zhaoxing town. We will have an opportunity to photograph the architecture and people at their daily work in this small town. In the evening we will drive (30mins) to TangAn village on the mountains for the evening photos..
Day 3 (April 12th, Wednesday):
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, take photos of people in their traditional clothes. Most people in this village are elderly and children as the parents work in the cities. We will stay in the village. We will stay in a small boutique hotel in this village (subject to availability) or stay in Zhaoxing.
Day 4 (April 13th, Thursday):
We will drive to train station and 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 painters and 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.
Day 5 (April 14th, Friday):
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 stay in Chengyang.
Day 6 (April 15th, Saturday):
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. PingAn is known for its narrow rice terraces on the mountainside. It has a unique character and looks much different to any other rice terrace you might have seen.
Day 7 (April 16th, Sunday) :
If the weather allows, we will go for sunrise photos from the summit. After breakfast we will visit rice terraces where farmers are working. this is the time of the year for ploughing. We will drive to Yangshuo after lunch (4.5hrs). We will stay in Lotus Inn or similar in Yangshuo. Yangshuo is a modern small Chinese town built between Karst structures with amazing scenery.
Day 8 (April 17th, Monday):
We will have a very early start (4am), travel to River Li by minivan (30mins), take bamboo boats to meet the fishermen coming back from fishing (30mins boat ride), 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.
Day9 (April 18th, Tuesday):
After breakfast we will check out and drive to Guilin through mountain roads, stopping at scenic locations, kumquat fields, tea plantations. 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 around the lake and pagodas.
Day 10 (April 19th, Wednesday):
Departure day. This day you will be dropped at the airport at a suitable time for your flight. If you have time in the morning, we will visit various attractions in Guilin town.
There is no standard requirement as it depends on what you have and your style. Please feel free to discuss with me 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. I will bring a laptop with Photoshop to review your photos and for post process training.
Oktay Ortakcioglu . I am a 49 years old commercial photographer based in Dublin/Ireland. I am a Getty images photographer since 2006 and formed Imaj Photography in 2009 as a studio based commercial photography business, and today, Imaj licences an amazing 15,000 + images a year.
Photography is not only my job but also my passion. Whenever I get a chance, I go on photography holidays with friends. In 2011, I decided to extend the invitation to other photographers and share the fun and my experience. I launched Imaj Photography Holidays and so far, it has turned out to be a great success and an enjoyable aspect of my life.
I currently organize trips mainly to China as I am fascinated by this country, it’s culture and people. We have a great network of local people helping me to organize these tours which reduces the amount of "unexpected" greatly and allows us spend time on photography and have fun.
Qin Jian Rong, a local Han Chinese lady from the Guilin area. working as a fixer/guide for the last 12 years and have a very good understanding of our needs, especially photographers.
Drivers, local guides; vary.
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
Single supplement 350 Euro
Airport pick up and drop off
All transportaion during the tour
All entrance fees, permissions
All guide, fixer, photographer fees and expenses
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 by bank transfer or in cash on arrival.