Escape on a 12-day adventure to Yuangyang county along the spectacular Red River in southeastern China. Well-known for its incredible rice-paddy terracing, this UNESCO World Heritage listed area lies at the slopes of the remote Ailao mountainous region, dotted with the small colourful villages of the Hani people.
Over two exciting weeks, you'll explore this photographer's dream destination inside-out as you capture the local life amidst a whirlwind of cultural experiences. There is much to photograph, with thousands of intricate rice paddies spilling into the Red River valleys below. The rice fields yield just one crop per year, meaning that they'll either be tinged in luscious shades of green or completely filled with water, reflecting the beautiful sky above. Moreover, the soil in this rural part of China is rich with iron oxide, making for incredibly picturesque scenes.
We'll take advantage of every sunrise and sunset, when the rice paddies are particularly impressive as they shimmer with warm, golden hues of light. With expert guidance and education in one of the top photography destinations in the world, this landscape and cultural photography tour in China is not to be missed.
Total price: 6700 USD
4 - 15 Dec 2019
Guided by Kah-Wai Lin
Day 1 – Kunming – Dongchuan
You'll arrive at Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG), an impressive building that serves as the gateway to southwest China. From there, you will transfer to your hotel in the mountainous region of Dongchuan aboard a spacious bus.
After check-in, there will be some time to relax and to explore the district at your leisure, before we meet for our first sunset session to capture the extraordinary palette of red, white and golden soil in this dreamlike 'Red Land'.
When the last rays of light have faded for the day, we will return to our hotel for a delicious welcome dinner, during which you'll get to know your fellow travellers a little better. Your photo guides will go over the itinerary for the next few days and you'll have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have before the adventure well and truly begins.
Day 2 - 4 – Dongchuan
Over the next few days, we'll base ourselves in the Dongchuan area, photographing the famous red soil of the Red Land from morning to night. The magnificent earthen hues of the landscape here are a result of high copper, iron and aluminium content in the soil, which bestow upon it its characteristic and magical palette.
We'll explore several different vantage points over the days, as we take in the vast and varied beauty of the terrain. Different conditions will result in dynamic atmospheres. If we are blessed with mist, then it will make for a brilliantly enchanting scene.
During the afternoons, we'll immerse ourselves in the daily goings of local village life, as we experience the unique culture and traditions of the friendly people that call this remote region in China their home.
Day 5 – Red Land – Luxi – Stone Forest – Yuanyang
On day five, we'll rise early for a sunrise session at the Red Land, before packing our belongings and continuing our journey onwards towards the idyllic rural village of Luxi. On arrival, we'll spend some time capturing the ins and outs of the local village life, before making our way to Yuangyang where we'll check in to our hotel. We'll base ourselves in Yuangyang for the next 6 days.
Day 6 - 11 – Yuanyang – Honghe
From days six to eleven, we'll explore the amazing scenery of the rice terraces in Yuanyang and the surrounding areas. This UNESCO World Heritage site is famous for having the biggest rice terraces in the world, not to mention some of the most breathtaking in terms of beauty.
Meandering around in the shapes of the hills upon which they have been formed, these rice terraces make for wonderful layered compositions and astonishing views.
The rice terraces that we will visit include:
- Duoyishu Rice Terraces, the best site for sunrises and which can seem like a fairytale beneath a sea of clouds.
- Maizhai Rice Terraces
- Laohuzui Rice Terraces, the steepest, grandest and most magnificent rice terrace which is the best site for sunsets.
- Bada Rice Terraces, which may seem like ladders to heaven as they rise over 3700 levels.
- Qingkou Rice Terraces
- Leyu Village Guidong Rice Terraces, one of the best places for photographing seas of clouds.
- Baohua Village Samaba Rice Terraces, where a harmonious meeting occurs between forests, rivers and village life.
- Yangliu Rice Terraces
- Jiayin Village Lyshuge Rice Terrace
We'll also spend some time experiencing the culture and capturing the daily life of the local Austroasiatic Yi people – the 7th largest ethnic minority group in China – as they make their way about the villages in traditional dress.
Day 12 – Honghe – Kunming
This will be our final day in China. We'll get up early for a sunrise session, before returning to the hotel for breakfast and to pack our belongings. From there, we'll transfer back to Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG) where you'll be able to fly home or onwards to your next destination – no doubt with many wonderful pictures to remember an extraordinary cultural and landscape photography trip to China.
Accommodation in 4 stars hotel or best available chalet
Ground transportation in spacious bus
Airport pick-up and return arrangement in China
English-speaking, award-winning professional photo guides
Luxurious meals, include breakfast, lunch and dinner
All entrance tickets, model fees
International flight, visa, travel insurance
Tips for guides and drivers
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:
Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 service fee.
75 days or more: 75% refund
60 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.