APR.28- MAY 10, 2019
15-Day Photograph Workshop: Bashang & Xiapu
Small Group – min. 4 people, max. 6 people
USD6,250.00 based on twin share, USD550 single supplement
Join Thierry Bornier for a photographic pilgrimage to his spiritual home of Jiabang . Then, visit the splendid Zhangjiajie Sandstone Peak Forest.
Day 1 – Apr 28: Shanghai to Zhangjiajie City
This evening, fly from Shanghai Pudong to Zhangjiajie Airport, where we will be picked up and transferred to the hotel om Zhangjiajie City for check-in.
Day 2 – Apr 29: 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 this afternoon.
Day 3 to 5 – Apr 30 to May 2: Zhangjiajie National Park
Each of these three days starts with a morning photography session to capture Zhangjiajie’s magnificent landscape. 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.
Day 6 – May 3 : Zhangjiajie National Park to Fenghuang
This morning, we continue to capture the colorful daily life of the different ethnic groups, the majestic landscape and the architectural ingenuity in Fenghuang. After lunch, we will transfer to we will transfer to Zhangjiajie Airport in the afternoon (1.5hr drive), and catch a flight to Changsha. Upon arrival, we will be transferred to the hotel, where we stay for the night.
Day 7 – May 4 : Fenghuang
This morning, we continue to capture the colorful daily life of the different ethnic groups, the majestic landscape and the architectural ingenuity in Fenghuang. After lunch, we will transfer to Zhangjiajie Airport in the afternoon (1.5hr drive), and catch a flight to Changsha. Upon arrival, we will be transferred to the hotel, where we stay for the night.
Day 8 – May 5: Fenghuang-Huaihua-Guiyang
This morning, we continue to capture the colorful daily life of the different ethnic groups, the majestic landscape and the architectural ingenuity in Fenghuang. After lunch, we will transfer to we will transfer to Huaihua South Railway Station (1.5hr drive), and catch a high-speed train to Guiyang. Upon arrival, we will be transferred to the hotel, where we stay for the night.
Day 9 – May 6: Guiyang-Congjiang-Jiabang
This morning, we first take a fast train to Congjiang, and then transfer from Congjiang to Jiabang by car (2.5hr drive). We will have our first photography session of the Jiabang rice terraces this afternoon.
Day 10 to 12 – May 7: to 9: Jiabang
The general schedule for these three full days of shooting the Jiabang Rice Terraces is to wake up early, catch the sunrise lighting up the terrace waters and make the morning mists glow as they drift over the terraces’ rolling hills. Then, back to the hotel for lunch and a rest before heading out again to shoot at another location for the rest of the day. There will also be opportunities during the day to witness the local village life and experience the ethnic minority cultures. Every evening, we will gather for dinner and group discussion.
Day 13 – May 10 : Jiabang-Congjiang-Guiyang-Shanghai
After one last photography session in the morning, we will be transferred to Congjiang, where we catch a fast train back to Guiyang. From Guiyang North Railway Station, we will be transferred to Guiyang Airport for our flight to Shanghai, where the workshop concludes.
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.
Fenghuang (Phoenix Town) is a well-preserved ancient town overlooking the Tuojiang River. The bridges over the water and the unique houses built on stilts display a harmony that is very often portrayed in traditional Chinese paintings. This is particularly true when mist permeates the scene in the early morning or after rain. It soon becomes apparent that the claim to being one of the most beautiful towns in all of China is more than justified.
The town is situated on the western boundary of Hunan province in an area of outstanding natural beauty, where mountains, water and blue skies prevail. This is a world that is dominated by the color green: the mountain slopes are covered with green foliage, the fields are green and even the Tuojiang River seems green, as it reflects the surroundings.
Jiabang Rice Terraces are located in the Southeast Guizhou Province. They were hand-cut from the hill terrain ending up with hundreds of layers. Spring is the perfect time of year to fully enjoy the beauty of this scene.
Photographers who have made the journey all agree that the Jiabang Rice Terraces are among some of the most strikingly beautiful fields in Guizhou and quite possibly, all of China. The rice terraces are not limited to just a few lonely hills perched in the middle of a village. These rice fields extend over 40 km² were several villages of ethnic minority groups live. It is not only their size that makes the rice terraces of Jiabang so remarkable, these crop plots reflect the intricacy and detail of how these fields are irrigated by the local people.
The Ethnic Groups in Jiabang
In this part of Guizhou- the Miao, Zhuang, Dong, Yao, and Shui ethnic group all live in tranquility of each other. The costumes, songs, and architecture of these villages have their own unique characteristics attributed to each of these ethnic groups. During our trip in Guizhou we will have the opportunity to capture beautiful portraits and life style shot of these minorities working the same way as they had even a few hundred years ago.
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