Last Steam Trains of china & Xiapu Fujian
Join Thierry Bornier and Take your camera on an adventure to Xiapu, the world’s most photogenic fishing village, and the Last Chance to shoot the steam Trains of China in the coal mines (will end September 2020)
December 9- 19, 2020
11 Days -11 Nights Last Steam Trains of China & Xiapu
Small Group – Small Group - min. 4 people, max. 6 people
Day 1 – December 9,2019 : Shanghai to Hami
we will catch a Flight from Shanghai to Hami (5.5 hrs.), then transfer to the hotel for check-in and have our dinner.
Day 2 to Day 5 – December 9-13,2019 : Steam Trains of Sandaoling
This morning will be transferred by car (2 hrs.) to reach our final destination in the coal mines of Sandaoling where many steam trains run 24 hours. Every day we will follow the same schedule, with early Morning shooting when the trains get ready and need to refill water and check their trains before to start to work. we will have afternoon shooting and one-night train shooting. Every day we will review the pictures after dinner.
Day 6 – December 14,2019 : Hami - Shanghai
we will catch a Flight from Hami to Shanghai (4.5 hrs.), then transfer to the hotel for check-in and have our dinner.
Day 7– December 15,2019 : Shanghai -Xiapu
This morning, we will catch a fast train to Xiapu (5.5 hrs.), then transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Day 8 to Day 10 – December 16-18,2019 : Xiapu
We will be spent amidst Xiapu’s quaint fishing village atmosphere. Each morning will start early to catch the village’s fisherman preparing their boats and nets for the day’s work while the sun rises at their backs, their silhouettes against the shining waters from different angles. After the morning shoots, the group will return to the hotel for a full breakfast and a rest. Then, spend the rest of each day exploring Xiapu’s lively fish markets, quiet, rustic corners, creaking wooden docks, and much more. Every evening, the group will have dinner together, followed by a group discussion about technique and composition with everybody’s photos.
Day 11 – December 19,2019 : Xiapu- shanghai
After a final morning shoot in Xiapu, we catch a fast train to shanghai where the workshop ends and you will be transferred to your hotel in the international airport Pudong and spend the last night before to catch your international the next day .
Steam Trains of Xinjiang
Chinese steam trains are becoming a thing of the past.As China reduces coal capacity to combat pollution, mines and their locomotives are being shut down. An approaching cacophony of rattles and blasts of steam tore through the silence of the Xinjiang. Noises from another era. Then it appeared, clattering and shuddering at 30 kilometers per hour－one of China’s few surviving steam trains at the Sandaoling coal mine currently the biggest steam locomotive operation in the country. The operations of the 11 steam locomotives will stop in September 2020 forever. the only time to shoot these locomotives are during middle December to end of January because temperature reaches minus 21 degrees. Thierry know the local people working there and will organize the only 2 last session for these trains, December 2019 and January 2020.
Xiapu (Fujian Province)
Xiapu known as the most charming fishing village of China, is located in the northeast of Fujian province. After the Yuanyang rice terraces, the fishing village of Xiapu is Thierry’s next favorite location to shoot in China. Due to the peaceful water current and abundance of sunshine, the Xiapu mudflats are rich in kelp, laver, oyster and yellow croakers, thus a flourishing fishing and farming industry have developed. The local fishermen insert bamboo poles, fishnets and stone columns into the mudflats to dry their catch, creating a vast and striking spider web of black and white outlines. In Xiapu, the surrounding hills serve as great locations to compose many stunning photographs over the bay. As the sun rises and sets, the tide rises and falls, bamboo poles, fishing nets and fishing boats coming in and out create a spectacular scene that looks like an old traditional Chinese ink painting. For this reason, Xiapu is regarded as a photographer’s paradise.
this hotel is a simple twin bed room and warm place to stay , just average hotel.
Boyue Airport Hotel
Free Wi-Fi is provided at the hotel. All rooms here are equipped with domestic long distance telephone, electric kettle, bathtub, slippers, TV, independent desk, etc. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers laundry service, car rental service, concierge service, luggage storage service, elevator. Besides, the hotel’s host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Hotel-AirChina the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Shanghai.
Haiyue Hotel Xiapu
This hotel is really a 5-star hotel. It’s very new. The interior decors are new and trendy. The towels are white and soft. The services are good. While it is not located in the central main area of Xiapu, it has its own underground carpark and it is very convenient for those who are self-drive or who take taxis. Featuring free WIFI, HaiYue Hotel offers accommodations in Xiapu. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.
Thierry Bornier has been involved in professional photography since 2012 and is now a world-renowned photographer. Thierry is the winner of the Landscape Photographer Award, and is ranked fourth in the world’s top ten black and white photographers in 2018.
In the past five years, Thierry’s career has been well-received and enjoys a high reputation both at home and abroad, and his work has been published again and again in The Telegraph, Wired, and other well-known publications. Between 2015 and 2016, Thierry was nominated for the Best Landscape Photographer of the Year in China. National Geographic’s “Daily Photo” also published its work in the Best Photographers’ Works. In the past few years, Thierry has won various internationally renowned awards: The Epson International Pano Awards, One Eyeland, Sony Worldwide Awards, Lensculture, Px3 Paris.
recently he won the first place ”the Top ten best Landscape Photographers in the World”
RECOMMENDED TO BRING
- Zoom lens 70mm to 200mm minimum
- Wide angle lens 14mm to 35mm
- 85mm + lenses for portrait
- Filter polarizer
- ND filters: 0.6 ND and 0.9 ND, soft and hard (if possible)
- Workshop fees
- Private driver and vehicles
- Shanghai-Hami flight tickets round trip
- Shanghai -Xiapu train ticket in First Class Seats
- Xiapu-Shanghai train ticket in First Class Seats
- Hotels with daily breakfast
- Meals: full board
- International airfares
- Visa fees
- Personal expenses
- Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
- Medical services, travel insurance or visas
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend you 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.