October 21 to November 2, 2019
Amazing Ethnic Cultures and Stunning Landscapes of…
CHINA – the adventure…
We are targeting the places less visited in China’s rural and cultural heartlands. We also offer the iconic subjects like a Cormorant Fisherman shoot and so much more. The landscapes will ‘blow you away’!
“What I loved on our first visit was the spectacular landscapes that few photographers have photographed. Our group also raved about the excellent food and the many exclusive adventures. We often shot with few or no other people! And the accommodation was first class! I can’t wait to shoot these locations again!” Darran
This unique photo tour is specifically designed to target some of the best culture, landscape, nature and creative images of China. We leave the cities behind and explore and shoot icons like palaces, ancient cities and ruins and China’s rich culture. A stunning mix of ‘iconic China’ from culture to nature and landscapes. We are using the services of a ‘local legend‘ who’s experience and knowledge of China is outstanding. China has a rich history and offers amazing photo opportunities for all interests. We guarantee you unique photo opportunities and the chance to experience the diversity of China.
ASIA – the adventure…
Asia is a destination offering endless exploration experiences. Immerse yourself in the heartland of uniquely captivating images. In 2019 we invite you to photograph Asia through your choice of three magnificent tours:
- China 1 – Tribes and Landscapes – October
- China 2 – Pandas, Monkeys, Terracotta Warriors – November
- Classic Mekong Luxury River Cruise – November
Join us on this great ‘life experience’ adventure…
Itinerary to photo adventure…
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN SHANGHAI
We meet today at reception at 4pm and head off for our fist shoot and dinner – we shoot on the Bund. Great food and stunning colours start a magic photo holiday. Bring your tripod… Shanghai Hotel – (D)
DAY 2 – SHANGHAI TO GUIYANG
We take an early morning flight to Guiyang. Today highlights the amazing 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 to the 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 story 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 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. While the men were away, they try to make their wives ugly to keep their loyalty by cutting their hairline very high. Hotel accommodation – (B,L,D)
DAY 3 – GUIYANG TO KAILI
Today, we drive 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 lest known provinces and best kept secrets. It was opened to tourists in the late 1980’s. It has the most hills in China. 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”. Guizhou is a multicultural province with third largest ethnic population in China. Forty‑eight distinct ethnic groups live alongside Han Chinese who has migrated there from all regions of the country.
The variety of ethnic groups living in Guizhou makes up 36 per cent of the total population of 40 million. A major charm of the province for travellers is the number of festivals, resplendent with colour and suffused with music, that take place throughout the year and that remain an important part of continuing traditional lifestyles and customs. However, like all the tribes elsewhere in the world, more and more young people in Guizhou is working outside in the city, their valuable culture is vanishing. Fewer and fewer young people know how to make their traditional costume and its exquisite embroidery. Most of them only dress the colourful traditional costume during the festivals or special dates when they return home. Darran and Pearce will work hard to offer you the best experience and fantastic shoot options. A chance to try techniques that you might have not used before. Hotel Accommodation – (B,L,D)
DAY 4 – KAILI TO RONGJIANG
Today, we drive along the Duliu River to experience the Sui people’s life and living environment. This route was selected as one of National Geographic Traveller’s “Tours of a Lifetime”. We have the chance to enjoy ‘the back country’ 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. Hotel Accommodation – (B,L,D)
The itinerary continues…