Off The Beaten Track, with extension…
with optional extension
February 20 to March 3, 2020
Stunning landscapes, rare culture, plus pandas and…
WHAT’S THIS ADVENTURE ABOUT?
We are offering TWO China tours and a special extension. Why? China is a big country and these 3 adventures are all different and exceptional. Our local guide is a master Chinese guide! Our 2nd tour to beautiful China, will offer you a unique holiday! We target locations less visited and offer some of the world’s rarest nature. Our main tour also offers an extension. Combined, these tours will guarantee outstanding cultural experiences through to Panda, Golden Monkeys, mountains that are a landscape photographers dream and rarely visited tribal groups that are still dressed traditionally and live similar to their ancient ancestors. The extension also includes the famous mountains at Zhangjiajie!
Our accommodation is of a high standard!
We include our famous WPA professional photo guide and a local expert guide
throughout the tour to help you enjoy your adventures. Your guides will work hard to maximise the many unique photo opportunities of this photo holiday.
China is richly endowed with nature and has beautiful mountains, trees, rivers, lakes and markets. We target these important jewels of a land that is not commonly offered as a photography destination. Be prepared for beautiful and different photo opportunities!
AND we are linking another fantastic adventure – Japan. We return to Japan and it’s nature and wild places.
A complete land package! All your accommodation, meals and services as per itinerary. You simply need to organise flights and to get yourself to the start of the tour and for the departure. Julia is happy to help you.
CHINA – the adventure …
This region is a destination offering endless exploration experiences. Immerse yourself in the heartland of uniquely captivating images. In 2020 we invite you to photograph these linked stunning nature and cultural adventures:
1. China 1 – (extension) Landscapes & Culture – February/March
Join us for the holiday of a lifetime…
ITINERARY TO ADVENTURE…
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN SHANGHAI
Your accommodation tonight is included in central Shanghai. We meet today at 5pm at reception. Your guides offer you more information and confirm departure details for the next morning. We offer a Chinese welcome dinner – bring your camera and tripod.
Shanghai Mansion Broadway – Mansion Hotel River View Rooms 5 Star. (D)
DAY 2 – SHANGHAI TO GUIYANG
We visit roads less travelled today! We take an early morning flight to Guiyang. Today’s program highlights the remaining culture of the old Han (Chinese) ethnic group. The ancestors of these villagers migrated from Jiangxi Province to Guizhou Province in the Ming Dynasty (600 years ago). We will drive for 2.5 hours to reach Liuguan Village. Women here are still dressed in traditional Ming dynasty costumes, and houses remain faithful to the Ming architectural styles. The ancient stone house, lots of legend stories and warm-hearted people will leave you an unforgettable experience. We will photograph a local Ground Opera performance, famed for the performers’ symbolic masks, the opera in Liuguan dates to 1382, during the Ming Dynasty. It is said as one of the oldest operas of the world, which is still surviving. Women’s hairstyle is another unique subject to shoot in Old Han People. Ming Dynasty government implied soldier-family management system to govern the whole country. During warring time, the soldiers had to fight in their region. The remainder were farmers.
Guiyang 4 or 5 star hotel – (B,L,D)
DAY 3 – GUIYANG TO KAILI
Today, we drive 2.5 hours to Kaili and visit Matang Gejia Village, a quiet village inhabited by the Gejia minority, where we will learn about their culture, of which very little is known. The Gejia although classified as Miao are in fact a separate group. Their founder is General Da Sa, probably of Manchu descent. You will see the typical costumes, houses, embroidery and batik making. We photograph the performances and local audience. Afterwards, we visit Qingman Village for this Medium Skirt Miao’s embroidery and performance.
Guizhou is one of China’s less-known provinces and best-kept secrets. It was opened to tourists in the late 1980s. Guizhou is nicknamed ‘The Kingdom of Mountains’, as 87% of its land is comprised of mountains and plateaus. The Capital Guiyang city, literarily translation is “Precious Sunshine”. The major ethnic minorities in Guizhou are different sub-groups of Miao. Miao people regard their ancestor as Chiyou in Yellow River region. They were good at agriculture, so they were very strong tribes. Then Yellow Emperor and Yan Emperor united to beat Chiyou. They had to migrate southwards where their were less plains for scale agriculture and much more mountains with poisonous plants and insects. Easy for frequently migrating, Miao people spent most of their fortune to buy silver craft for women in the past. Also, silver is a good way to test poison for food and water. Later, the unmarried girl’s family spent years making a fine costume, full of silver craft for the girl during the courtship festival. Some of Miao people keep migrating to Southeast Asia; they are called Meng in Vietnam and Thailand. Miao people animal-worship as a religion, buffalo horn is their tattoo. We will see a lot of sub groups of Miao women’s headdress in all kinds of buffalo’s horn. Guizhou is an agricultural province, but as its hilly geography, most of the farm work is made by labour.
Kaili Grand Metro Park Heaven-sent Dragon Hotel 5 Star – (B,L,D)
DAY 4 – KAILI TO RONGJIANG
Today, we drive along Duliu River to experience the Sui people’s life and living environment. This route was selected as one of National Geographic Traveler’s “Tours of a Lifetime”. We have the chance to enjoy the backcountry of China, and the valuable and vanishing ethnic minority culture and history.
Today, we photograph Long Skirt Miao Performance in Langde, and visit Datang Village en route.
Dongxiangmi Grand Hotel Rongjiang 3 Star – (B,L,D)
The itinerary continues…