Xiapu & Zhangjiajie National Park
Join Thierry Bornier for a photographic workshop and discover a quaint and photogenic fishing village in Xiapu and the splendid Zhangjiajie Sandstone Peak Forest in Hunan Province.
11-Days /11 nights Xiapu & Zhangjiajie National Park
Small Group – Small Group - min. 4 people, max. 6 people
Day 1 –May 11,2019: : 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 5– May 12-15 ,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 6 – May 16,2019 : Xiapu -Zhangjiajie
The day starts early with our last shooting, then we will take a high- speed train to return to shanghai and catch a flight in the evening after dinner to Shanghai city to spend the night in our hotel.
Day 8 –May 17,2019: : Zhangjiajie City to Zhangjiajie National Park
After breakfast, we will take a 1.5hr car ride from Zhangjiajie City to Tianzi Town, and check in at the local guesthouse, where we will be based for the next 4 days. We will have the first photography session in Zhangjiajie National Park the afternoon.
Day 9 to 12 – May 18 to 21,2019: : Zhangjiajie National Park
Each of these three days starts with a morning photography session to capture Zhangjiajie’s magnificent landscapes. We will then return to the hotel for some rest. Later in the day, we will travel to a second location for more photography. In the evening, there will be dinner and group discussion to exchange ideas, tips, suggestions and analysis of the day’s pictures. May 21 after our afternoon shooting, we will be transfer at night to catch our flight to shanghai and you will stay in Pudong international airport hotel.
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.
The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie has become famous in recent years as the inspiration for the floating hallelujah mountains in the famous blockbuster movie – Avatar. One of the park’s quartz-sandstone pillars, the 1,080-metre ‘Southern Sky Column’, has been officially renamed ‘Avatar Hallelujah Mountain’ in honor of the film. The magnificent scenery of the park certainly seems like it could be part of a celestial, magical world.
The pillar-like rock formations are the most notable geographic feature of the park. They are the result of many years of erosion, caused by expanding ice in winter and the plentiful foliage, due to the permanent moist weather. These formations are a distinct hallmark of Chinese landscapes and can be found in many ancient Chinese paintings.
Officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, Zhangjiajie was also listed as a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2004. On this workshop, we will have great opportunities to capture these fascinating formations.
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.
Zhangjiajie national park Hotel
The Mountain Boutique Hotel is a great choice for guests looking for accommodation in Zhangjiajie, having been recently opened in 2017. Free in-room Wi-Fi is available at this property.
The hotel is located approximately 54km from Zhangjiajie Railway Station and 55km from Hehua Airport.
This hotel makes a great place to kick back and relax after a long day of sightseeing. For guests’ convenience, airport pickup can be arranged.
There’s never a dull moment at this hotel, our guests indicate that the facilities are excellent. This hotel is a popular accommodation for guests traveling with families.
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 vehicle
- Shanghai-Xiapu train tickets in First Class Seats
- Xiapu-Shanghai train tickets in First Class Seats
- Flight round trip Shanghai-zhangjiajie
- 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.