Xiapu Photography Workshop

Xiapu, Lishui & Ou River

A photographic trip of people's life happens on mudflats.

Xiapu, known as the most picturesque mudflat in China, boasts emerald seas, glistening beaches, and captivating fishing vessels. The optimal periods for capturing the stunning work scenes of the indigenous farmers and fishermen are between April and May, as well as September to November, which correspond to the seaweed harvesting season.

$2,300 USD Per Person
  • Destinations Xiapu, Lishui
  • Duration 8 days, 7 nights
  • Group size 6
  • Date Sept. 15-22, 2023
  • Fitness level Easy
  • Drone friendly Yes

Itinerary Details

You can arrive at Xiapu by high speed train from Fuzhou or Xiamen, both of which have international flights from Singapore, the US, Canada, and European countries.

Upon arrival at the Xiapu train station, you will be picked up and taken to the hotel for a welcome dinner with Mercier and other participants.

Following dinner, Mercier will provide a short pre-trip instruction at the local photographer's office, where you can also enjoy some popular local tea.


What's included?
  • Photography guide + local pro
  • Transportation in private van
  • 7 nights accommodation (5-star, best in local)
  • All entrance fees to photography locations
  • Personal processing instructions
  • Fresh Coffee if outdoor in early morning
  • Train station pick up and transfer in Xiapu
What's not included?
  • Flight/train to Xiapu
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals (lunch & dinner)
  • Tips for guide and driver if satisfied
How many people in my group?

Max. number of participants: 8; Min. number: 3.

What's the accommodation situation?
  • Accommodation is provided in local best hotels and based on 2-people per room.
  • Price per participant – USD $2550 single occupancy | USD $2300 for shared occupancy
What gears should I bring?

Two cameras will be very helpful, it will save your time to change the lenses. Better to have one full frame body with regular lens, and one half frame for zoom lens.

For sunrise, 24-70 and 70-200 are needed; at sunset, 70-200 is more useful.

Besides, if would be great if you have a primary lens with big aperture (1.4 or 1.8) for low light indoor photography.

Tripod is very necessary of course. We prepare at least 2 tripods for backup, you can bring your ball head only and use it on our tripod if concerning about the weight of your luggages.

I don't think you will use polarizer filters or ND filters in Xiapu.

Besides, it will be great if you can bring a mini tripod for your mobile phone, lots of opportunities to film time-lapse when tide coming.

Booking Policy
  • Deposit: a USD 300 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, Alipay and Wechat.
  • Refund Policy:
    - a full refund if you could find a replacement.
    - there will be a 50% refund of balance payment 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
    - a 10% refund on cancellations made less than 15 days of departure
    - Initial deposit will be retained.
Mercier Zeng
Instructor: Mercier Zeng

Having years of experience, Mercier Zeng has designed the itinerary for the workshop and will personally lead it.

Mercier has earned over 100 excellent reviews on Trip Advisor after guiding more than 300 photographers from various parts of the world. He has even accompanied some photographers on multiple occasions to Guilin, guiding them since 2014 and helping them capture portfolio-worthy shots, regardless of their level of expertise.

In order to better understand the needs of photographers, Mercier has also traveled to several photography destinations overseas, including Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, and New Zealand.

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I'm glad to meet you in China

Come join the tour custom-designed by Mercier Zeng and bring great shots home together!