Xiapu Fujian & Yellow mountains
Join Thierry Bornier and Take your camera on an adventure to Xiapu, the world’s most photogenic fishing village, and the breathtaking cliffside walkways that hang over the seas of clouds around the Yellow Mountain.
November 23- December 3,2019
11 Days -11 Nights Xiapu Fujian & Yellow mountains Anhui
Small Group – Group Size: Small Group 4 people max
Day 1 – November 23,2019 : Shanghai to xiapu
This morning, we will catch a fast train to Xiapu (5.5 hrs.), then transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Day 2 to Day 6 – November 24-28 ,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 shinber ing 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 7 – November 29 ,2019 : Xiapu -Yellow mountain
In the morning after breakfast we will catch a fast train to Fuzhou, where we stop and change high speed train from Fuzhou to Yellow mountains Upon arrivalwe commence the journey to the Yellow Mountain, which entails a 1-hr private transfer by coach, a shuttle hop to the cable car station, a fast cable car ride taking everyone up to the Yellow Mountain, followed by a ~45min hike before we finally arrive at our hotel. As you exit the cable car, there will be porters available for hire to carry your luggage.
Day 8 to day 10– November 30 – December 2, 2019 : Yellow Mountains
Each of these 3 days starts before dawn in order to catch the magnificent sunrise. We will then return to the hotel for breakfast and some rest. Later in the day, we will be trekking up and down the Yellow Mountain’s many overgrown peaks where, tucked away amidst craggy granite overhangs and pine trees, you can find hidden hot springs and vantage points offering splendid panoramic views of the surrounding peaks that burst and break through the rolling sea of clouds. Every evening, we will gather for dinner and group discussion.
Day 11 – December 3 ,2019 : Yellow mountain - shanghai
After a final morning photo shoot, we bid farewell to the Yellow Mountain, and make our way downhill by cable car, and then a shuttle hop followed by a private transfer to Huangshan North Railway Station to catch a high-speed train back to Shanghai, where the workshop concludes and transferred to your hotel in the international Pudong Airport to catch your flight the next day.
Xiapu (Fujian Province)
Xiapu, known as the most charming fishing village in China, is located in the northeast of Fujian province. The village’s surrounding hills provide great vantage points from which to compose stunning photographs. With your camera, recreate the scenes of traditional Chinese ink paintings, of the sun rising or setting, of fishing boats coming in and out, throwing and pulling nets behind them, and of massive nets strung between tall bamboo poles, hung with the day’s prizes.
After the Yuanyang Rice Terraces, Xiapu is Thierry’s second favorite location to shoot in China. The waters’ easy currents and sunny weather make the village’s mudflats rich in kelp, laver, oyster and yellow croakers. So, the village is not only a prime location to photograph fisherman at work, but also a great place to taste their fresh catches. Xiapu also has a bit of variety for photographers—low-lying beaches with stunning sunrise, working fishermen communities and a picturesque old banyan tree forest, just to mention some.
Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)
“Huang” meaning “yellow” and “shan” meaning “mountain”. One writer remarked on the view of the clouds from Huangshan as follows: “To enjoy the magnificence of a mountain, you have to look upwards in most cases. To enjoy Mount Huangshan, however, you’ve got to look downward.” That writer was referring to the Sea of Clouds, which is named quite literally. The area also is host to notable light effects, such as the renowned sunrises. Watching the sunrise is considered a “mandatory” part of visiting the area. A phenomenon known as Buddha’s Light is also well-known and, on average, Buddha’s Light only appears a couple of times per month.
The Yellow Mountain is a mountain range in southern Anhui province in eastern China. It was named Huangshan in 747 AD in recognition of the legendary Huang Di, who was the reputed ancestor of the Chinese people and who supposedly made magic pills of immortality here. The area is well known for its scenery, sunsets, peculiarly-shaped granite peaks, pine trees, hot springs and winter snow. Huangshan is a frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature, as well as modern photography. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of China’s major tourist destinations. Huangshan is also a famous place for Chinese teas of high quality.
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.
Beihai Hotel Yellow Mountains
Huangshan’s Beihai Hotel (Beihai Binguan) is a popular 4-star hotel extremely well located for those wishing to watch the sun set or rise from the mountain’s Eastern step.
This Huangshan hotel has standard rooms and suites that come equipped with all the standard up-to-date amenities.
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-Xiapu train ticket in First Class Seats
- Xiapu-Yelllow mountains train ticket in First Class Seats
- Yelllow mountains Shanghai train ticket in First Class Seats
- Hotels with daily breakfast
- Meals: full board
- Entrance fees park
- 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.