Here at LPFA we have been waiting for years to be able to offer our clients a truly unique photo adventure in China. Frankly, we have been disappointed in what China has to offer in the way of packaged photo tours. Tour companies create tours for tourists. To be successful, in my experience, great photo tours have to be crafted by photographers for photographers.
That is exactly what we have done! I have been privileged recently to mentor Sean Lo, a truly world-class photographer. Sean is Chinese-American with strong ties to China and especially Guilin, arguably the most picturesque Province in China. That is where we will start our adventure. Sean is also the official photographer of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.
From soaring mountains to riverine valleys, and from needle karsts to tranquil farm terraces surrounding ancient villages, Guilin is one of China’s outstanding jewels. Sean has just returned from China, where he captured the images and videoclips you see here.
From Guilin, we will travel throughout China by plane and bus to capture the most amazing sunrises, sunsets, people, culture, street scenes and landscapes imaginable.
So, please consider joining us in October, 2018 for an incredible 14-day photographic adventure. As always, once you land, Les Picker Photo Adventures has you covered. We include all entrance fees, lodging, transportation, even tips, so you can concentrate on your photography.
Our bus will be available for sunrises and sunsets. Sean and our local guide will take you to the very best locations in Guilin Province. We will be up for several sunrises and staying out until blue hour is over in most cases. Sean has even arranged for us to visit a remote village where we will have wonderful environmental portraiture opportunities with the indigenous villagers.
Please note that we are strictly limiting this adventure to only 8 photographers, so please register early. Non-photographing significant others may join us, with a 5% reduction in fees. Please advise us if you plan on taking a non-photographer with you and we will bill you separately, reflecting the discount.
China is rapidly changing, especially in Guilin Province, because its natural beauty has always drawn tourists. If you wait even a few years to visit, you will have to contend with mega-hotels and other developments that will impinge on your compositions. On the other hand, right now we will be dealing with rough roads and traffic “rules” that defy understanding. But that’s part of photo adventuring, right?
Once registered, we will send you an information packet advising you of what to wear, suggested camera gear, recommended activities and readings prior to leaving, maps, and other details.
The 14-day photography adventure begins on October 8, 2018 and ends on October 21. We encourage you to arrive a day early to rest and adjust to the new time zone, as we will be on a very full and exciting photography schedule that includes sunrises and sunsets.
Having traveled halfway around the world you may, in fact, wish to take in a few more China sites either before or after our photo adventure, so please consider that in your travel planning. Since our tour ends in Shanghai, we plan to offer a 3-day extension to those who wish to participate. Sean lived in Shanghai for a few years and knows its secret photo spots well.
Transfer from airport to hotel.
Guilin is a city in southern China known for its dramatic landscape of limestone karst hills. At its center are two lakes, remaining from a medieval-era moat that once surrounded the city. Boats travel through these and other lakes via connected rivers. Twin pagodas, the Sun and Moon, light up the sky at night. We will do a sunset at temple mountain and a light walking photo tour.
Elephant Trunk Hill sunrise, Elephant Trunk Hill landscapes, Daxu ancient town, Xiongcun village.
We visit a minority village with traditional dress and then photograph the famous Longsheng rice terraced fields, Ping’an rice terraces.
Yangshuo is known for its dramatic karst mountain landscape. The town is set amid picturesque pinnacles. Sunrise at Yao Mountain, Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo with scenic countryside images; Sunset at Gongnong Bridge.
Fuli Bridge in Yangshuo, Bamboo rafting on Yulong River, Li River sunset and local fisherman, popular local restaurants with authentic Yangshuo food.
Shangri-La Theme Park, Xianggong Mountain, sunset at Putao rice fields.
Today we fly north from lovely Guilin to spectacular Xian located in central China. But first we have a sunrise at Moon Hill.
Xi’an is a large city and capital of Shaanxi Province in central China. It marks the Silk Road’s eastern end. At archaeological sites in Xi’an’s surrounding plains are the famed Bingmayong (Terra Cotta Army), thousands of life-size, hand-molded figures buried with China’s first emperor. In Xian we will visit and photograph the Terra cotta Warriors, the Ancient City Wall, and the Muslim Quarter.
We now fly further north to Zhangye near the Mongolian border, where we will photograph the simply amazing multi-colored mountains and rock formations, a landscape lover’s paradise. Today we will visit the Wooden Tower of the Sui Dynasty.
We will spend all day photographing the Danxia landforms.
After spending the morning visiting still more landforms, we return to our hotel for a transfer to the airport and a return to Xian in central China. Sunset in Xian.
Zhangjiajie, a city in the northwest of China’s Hunan province, is home to the famed Wulingyuan Scenic Area. This protected zone encompasses thousands of jagged quartzite sandstone columns, many of which rise over 600 feet, as well as caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites. Wulingyuan also encompasses forests, rivers, waterfalls and 2 large natural land bridges, as well as endangered plant and animal species. We will visit Tianmen Mountain (Tianmen Cave), the glass walkway, and travel by cable car to another cave.
Today affords us opportunities for great nature photography. We visit Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Yuanjiajie and the Hallelujah Mountains, Mt. Tianzishan, Bailong sightseeing elevator, lunch on the mountain. Sunset, too.
Our last day is spent with some morning photography, followed by transfer to the airport and our flights home.
Due to insurance regulation restrictions in China, we strongly recommend you take out two types of insurance for this trip. The first is trip protection insurance, which protects you in cases of delayed or cancelled flights, lost luggage and accidents during the trip.
The second insurance which we recommend in the strongest possible terms is medical evacuation insurance, which ensures speedy evacuation to medical care in the United States in cases of medical necessity, natural disasters, and for other reasons.
In both cases, please read the coverage carefully to be sure you are getting the protection you require.
The China Adventure fee is $8,350. That includes two professional photography guides (Les Picker and Sean Lo), all internal flights and airport transfers, modern bus transportation, professional drivers and local guides, tips, all breakfasts, all but one lunch, and two dinners. The remaining dinners you are responsible for, and you should plan on approximately $10/dinner. Snacks and bottled water are included. Single room supplement is $750.
A $3,000 deposit is required to register. You will be invoiced for the remainder approximately July 1. Fees are 100% refundable until February 28, 2018. After that, fees are 50% refundable until July 1 and not refundable after July 1.