Zhangye & Dunhuang Photo Workshop 2024

Zhangye & Dunhuang 2024

A photographic trip to explore wild northwest of China.

Join us on an extraordinary photography workshop that unveils the untamed and intricate beauty of northwest China. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking blend of snow-capped mountains, vast grasslands, arid deserts, serene lakes, mystical grottoes, vibrant rainbow mountains, and concealed historical relics.

Cities Covered: Lanzhou - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang

$2,900 USD Per Person
  • Duration 8 days, 7 nights
  • Group size Less than 6
  • Date June 5-12, 2024
  • Fitness level Medium
  • Drone friendly Yes

Itinerary Overview

A taste of what to expect…

Day 1-2: Lanzhou Arrival, Wuwei to Zhangye

Lanzhou arrival and stay the first night in Lanzhou.

The next day, we will embark on a scenic drive along the Qilian Mountain Range towards Wuwei. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit the renowned Confucius Temple and capture the exquisite architecture through your lens.

Zhangye & Dunhuang Photo Workshop 2024

Day 3-4: Zhangye

Continuing our journey, we will drive to Zhangye.

During our exploration, we will have a sunset and a sunrise session in the Danxia National Geographical Park to capture the beauty of Danxia landform..

Our photography adventure extends to Binggou Danxia Landforms, where we'll photograph the magnificent rock formations. We'll also visit Mati Monastery, offering the chance to capture temples perched precariously on cliffs, creating a truly breathtaking sight.

Zhangye & Dunhuang Photo Workshop 2024

Day 5: Jiayuguan

Start your journey from Zhangye and make your way to Jiayuguan.

Explore the awe-inspiring Jiayuguan ancient tower and buildings, while also enjoying the picturesque view of snow-capped mountains in the distance.

Don't miss the opportunity to capture stunning photographs of the Milky Way during the night.

Zhangye & Dunhuang Photo Workshop 2024

Day 6-8: Dunhuang

Drive from Jiayuguan to Dunhuang, passing through the Gobi Desert and green landscapes. Visit the impressive Mogao Grottoes, known for their ancient Buddhist art and culture.

Photograph the Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Moon Spring during sunset.

Capture stunning photos of the Yumenguan Pass and the ruins of the Great Wall in the Yardang National Geopark.

End the tour in Dunhuang.

Zhangye & Dunhuang Photo Workshop 2024


What's included?
  • Photography guide + local professional
  • Private van transportation
  • 7-night accommodation (best in local)
  • Inclusive entrance fees to photography locations
  • Personalized processing instructions
  • Complimentary Fresh Coffee for Early Morning Outdoor Shoots
  • Pick-up from Lanzhou Railway Station/airport & Transfer to Dunhuang Railway Station/airport
What's not included?
  • Arrival and departure flight/train
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals (lunch & dinner)
  • Gratuity for guide and driver if satisfied
How many people can be accommodated in the group?

Max. number of participants: 6 | Min. number: 3.

What is the accommodation situation like?
  • Participants will be accommodated in the best local hotels, with single occupancy provided.
  • The price per participant – USD $2,900 for single occupancy | USD $2,700 for shared occupancy
What kind of gear should be brought along?

To ensure a smooth photography experience, it is recommended to bring two cameras, one full frame body with a regular lens and one half frame for a zoom lens, to avoid time spent on lens changes.

A 24-70 and 70-200 lens are necessary for sunrise, while a 70-200 lens is more useful for sunset photography. Additionally, a primary lens with a big aperture (1.4 or 1.8) is recommended for low-light indoor photography.

A tripod is necessary and at least two will be provided as backup. If you are concerned about the weight of your luggage, you can bring only your ball head and use it on one of our tripods. It would also be great if you could bring a mini tripod for your mobile phone to capture time-lapse footage during the tide.

Booking Policy
  • Deposit: To reserve your spot, a non-refundable deposit of USD 600 is required.
  • Full Payment: is due 40 days before the tour begins and can be made via PayPal, Alipay, or Wechat.
  • Refund Policy:
    - If you are able to find a replacement, a full refund will be issued.
    - Cancelling under 30 days before departure grants a 50% balance refund.
    - For cancellations between 30 and 15 days before departure, a 25% refund will be given.
    - Cancellations made less than 15 days before departure are subject to a 10% refund
    - Please note that the 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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