Guilin Photo Tour 2018 | 5 Days

Dates
  • July 19-23, 2018
  • August 22-26, 2018
Price
  • USD 1299 per person
  • Max. number of people: 6
Included
  • Photography guiding
  • All transportation in the itinerary
  • Accomordation (comfort or boutique) for 6 nights
  • Personal processing instructions
  • Fresh Coffee if outdoor in early morning
Not Included
  • Flight/train to Guilin
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport/train station pick up and transfer
  • Single Supplement (USD 150)
  • Tips for guide and driver if satisfied

Like most of my customers, if you just have 2-3 days in Guilin, here is the best choice to take the essence of Guilin photography Tour.

This tour covers 1-6 days itinerary, including almost all best of Guilin photography locations and activities, sunrise, sunset, karst mountains and rivers, rice terraces and rice fields, ancient towns and villages, local people potraits, and cormorant fisherman photography.

DAY 1
Longji Rice Terraces - Dazhai Village

Drive to Longji rice terraces around 9am. Once there, meet some local people and girls with long hair. Will reach to the highest location hotel by walking 2 hours from the parking lot. A short break then arrive at a view point to see the sunset over the terraces. Afterwards we’ll head to the hotel for dinner.

Longji Rice Terraces and ray of sunshine
Accommodations | Longji Panorama Guest House
DAY 2
Ping An Village and Sunset in Guilin

The sunrise shooting on a view platform in the hotel we will stay. Or make time lapse as you want.

Arrive to another village, where the famous Longji Dragon’s Back view is. Shoot the overview of the village.

Autumn color in Longji Rice Terraces

Back to Guilin before 6pm, and go climbing a hill in a park, take photos of the sunset and city life. See how the city was built in mountains. We wait until city lights on.

Accommodations | Aroma Tea House
DAY 3
Sunrise with Landscapes & Sunset with Fishermen

Get up early (leave hotel at 4-4:30am) to catch the sunrise on a mountain peak that very few foreign people ever visit, overlooking the most dramatic scenery of the Li River. There are about 500 stone steps.

Landscape shots over Li River and karst scenery at sunrise or during the earlier part of the morning, depending on the weather forecast in terms of cloud. At this time of year i'm told we might be lucky to capture mists between the mountains and there is a location of the mountain that gives you the best chance.

The best location for sunrise shooting in Guilin

Around 7:30am drive to Yangdi to board a motorized raft along Li River in the morning light (before 8am and before tourists), stopping in the best places for shooting. Arrive in Xingping and meet some of the fishermen in their home, and take some informal portrait shots.

Then we go to the hotel, check in and for some time off. Check out or edit photos by drinking coffee.

Start at late afternoon for sunset, 10 minutes walking. Meet two eldest cormorant fishermen in this village, shoot the river sunset and gas lamp portrait in dusk.

The cormorant fisherman in the peaceful river and mountain reflections
Accommodations | Yangshuo Mountain Retreat
DAY 4
Mountain Reflections, Sunset and Milky Way

Leave the hotel early (at 4:30am) to catch sunrise on Li River; we walk a short way and then take a raft to get to location, with one of the best mountain reflections along the river. Arrange to have cormorant fisherman to join us in sunrise light.

Return to hotel for breakfast or grab on the road somwhere, before continuing to shoot Li River landscape further by climbing one of the highest mountain around.

The cormorant fisherman casting the net in sunrise

Go back out in evening for Sunset overlooking a valley with mountains as backdrop. Drive directly to a location where the late afternoon sun lights the fields with magnificent mountains in the distance. We wait until after the sunset and continue back to the hotel for late dinner.

The sunset location was recommended by Lonely Planet
Accommodations | Yangshuo Mountain Retreat
DAY 5
Ancient Town and Buffalo Farmer

One hour drive to a village, shoot buffalo farmer on ancient stone bridges with background mountains. See how local people feed hundreds of ducks in wild. It is a pure relaxing place, absolutely no tourists.

The buffalo farmer and karst scenery in a hidden place

Head to a small ancient town, go visit some local family, listen their stories and have some portraits shooting in natural way. Capture the time and happy faces in old houese.

Nice people in the ancient town
Accommodations | Aroma Tea House
Booking Policy
  • Deposit: a USD 200 non refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot.
  • Full Payment: is required 40 days prior to the tour starts and is accepted by PayPal.
  • Refund Policy: a full refund if you could find a replacement. There will be a 50% refund on cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the scheduled date of departure - a 25% refund between 30 and 15 days prior date of departure and a 5% refund on cancellations made less than 15 days of departure.
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