Fisherman at Lijiang river in China

China Photography Tour: Life Through a Lens

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Guilin, Dazhai Village, Xingping Ancient Town, Xialong Bay...

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Suggested Duration

9 Days

Live life through the lens of the most picturesque and serene areas of natural beauty the world has to offer, as you embark on this captivating photography tour of China. Let your camera absorb the colors of nature as you wander along beautifully terraced fields amid minority villages. Watch the sun rise over the enchanting pillars and valleys of the Zhangjiajie Forest Park. Capture the sunset over the mystical Li River, while local fishermen fascinatingly go about their business. And embrace...

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit the incredible towering pillars of Hallelujah Mountains, which inspired scenes in the award-winning motion picture Avatar
  • Witness stunning sunsets over the magical Li River while local fishermen use captivating methods to catch fish
  • Overlook the wondrous Longji Rice Fields before hiking along the terraces for incredible views
  • Visit minority cultural villages, spending time with local families and learning to cook local delicacies while taking incredibly insightful photos
  • Experience the sunrise over Kongzhong Tianyuan: stunning paddy fields that sit on top of the high-rising pillars
  • Obtain fascinating photos of Xingping Ancient Town – which features a quaint fishing village
  • Be awed by the Imperial Pen Peaks of Tianzi Mountain, gravity-defying slender stems of rock

Detailed Description

Photography is an art; it can make one relive a cherished memory, or allow an individual to gain insight into another’s journeys and experiences. There are few better places to create these unforgettable memories than in the wondrous natural surroundings that China possesses. On this 9-day tour, you will visit rivers, mountains and fields that hold beauty you never thought possible, as you execute techniques with the camera, guided by the experts, to capture these moments with perfection. Most importantly, you will experience these serene settings at the ideal time of day from the perfect viewpoints, away from the crowds, igniting a feeling that you are the only person that occupies the landscape.

Weave your way in and around the immaculate Longji Terraced Rice Fields, watching the sun rise over the distant mountains and kiss the variety of colorful flowers and trees that surround you. Visit the small local villages nearby the fields and their ethnic minority inhabitants, to get truly insightful snaps of some fascinating lives. Witness the sun both set and rise, creating a magical scene across the Li River, while traditional fishermen using age-old techniques dot the peaceful water, inducing a perfect picture. Travel by raft from Xingping Ancient Town towards Xialong Bay while capturing the beautiful areas sitting either side of the river.

Take to the wondrous Zhangjiajie National Forest Park to see the sun set over the Yangjiajie area – featuring magnificent walls of jagged rock that shape the skyline. Proceed to the picture-perfect area of Tianbo House, keeping your camera clicking away as the evening sun stretches the shadows of mountains and trees. Be taken aback by the sky-high floating rocks of Hallelujah Mountain in Yuanjiajie – the inspiration for memorable scenes featured in the award-winning motion picture Avatar. Snap sunset shots of Laowuchang, hailed by many as the best area for photography in Zhangjiajie and situated among a lower lying paddy area – it makes for truly breathtaking views. Conclude in the Tianzi Mountain area, and admire the jaw-dropping close-up views of the floating rocks that make for wondrous photo opportunities.

Consider embarking on this tour in the autumn, which provides the best chance to witness the incredible scenery, with perfect weather conditions. In order to observe some of the serene sunsets incorporated in the tour, some early rises will be required. After these early mornings, the tour group will head to the hotel for a rest – allowing time for a quick respite before embarking on the afternoon and evening activities. 

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Starting Price

$2,632 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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