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China Photo Adventure Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival at Guilin
Today is mainy dedicated to your arrival into Guilin airport. At your arrival time, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to our comfortable accommodation in Guilin. Welcome Orientation will be held at 7 pm, followed by a Welcome Dinner.
Day2: Dragon's Backbone Terraced Rice Fields
After our breakfast, we will drive to Longji in our private minibus. We will then continue our journey through the twisty mountain roads till the end of the road. From there, we need to trek about 20 minutes up the hills to reach the village where our hotel is. Our luggage will be carried by porters. This is a basic but comfortable and clean accomodation. We will do a walk around photo tour in the village than head to the rice terraces for the evening photos. Have our dinner at a local restaurant and head to our rooms for a good nights sleep.
Day3: Longji / Sang Jiang
We will get up before sunrise and go the rice terraces for the sunrise photos. After breakfast, we will meet a farmer and his wife and photograph them while working in their field on the mountains. We will also take photos of ethnic minority Yao woman who are known to have longest hair on the world. We will be leaving in the afternoon and head towards Sang Jiang, home of the Dong ethnic minority group. Here we will get a chance to take pictures of the iconic "wind and rain" bridge and the stunning bell tower in the evening.
Day4: Sang Jiang / Yangshuo
We will take a village tour in the morning, photograph locals in their own habitat (plenty of opportunities for portraits against rustic wooden background!). We will have our lunch at a local farmers house, typical dong food. After Lunch we will follow the farmers in their daily activities, depending on the time of the year, it can be rice harvest, tea picking or similar. In the evening we will drive to Yangshuo, check in to our comfortable hotel.
Day5: Putao/Stone village
In the morning we will drive to the local market in Putao village. This market is out of this world with its unusual food items, fortunetellers, mobile doctors! and livestock. Our full time local guide will explain things and answer any of your questions. After market, we will drive to a mountain village to visit the local school. We will be allowed to take pictures in the class and the playground. We will then drive to Huang Yao (2.5-3hrs), check in our comfy hotel and have dinner. After dinner we will continue reviewing our photographs.
Day6: Huang Yao
Huang Yao is a well preserved old Chinese town built in 927 B.C.. Every corner of this old town presents a typically Chinese scene and presents a marvelous photo opportunity. We will drive back to Yangshuo in the evening.
Day7: Tea Plantation/Scenery
In the morning we will drive to the Tea plantation on the mountains. On the way we will stop at scenic spots to take pictures. At the tea plantation we will take pictures of scenery, people picking tea leaves and the factory. We will have lunch in the tea plantation restaurant. On the way back to Yangshuo we will climb a high hill for great views.
Day8: Karst Hills/Xing Ping/Cormorant fishing
We will start very early and climb Green Lotus hill for sunrise pictures (optional). After breakfast we will take bus to Xing Ping , an old town 45 min. away from Yangshuo. In Xing Ping, we will take bamboo boats and go on a mystic cruise on beautiful river Lee. We will meet our fisherman fishing with cormorant birds, and photograph this thousand+ years old tradition in most picturesque location, Li river and surrounding hills. In the evening, we will drive to Yu Long river valley to take scenery photos.
After breakfast, we will drive to Guilin city. In Guilin we will go to the Yao mountain. Cable car will take us to the top for great view. We will spend the afternoon in town, this is an opportunity to buy some souvenirs. In the evening we will do night photography at the lakes with pagodas.
This is the departure day, you wil be dropped at the airport at a suitable time for your flight. People who opted in Shanghai extention will take a midday flight (exact time TBA) to Shanghai as a group.
Itinerary is subject to change without notice due to weather and other circumstances.