Last Steam Trains of china & Yellow mountains

Join Thierry Bornier and take your camera on an adventure to the Last Chance to shoot the steam Trains of China in the coal mines and the breathtaking cliffside walkways that hang over the seas of clouds around the Yellow Mountain.

 

January 13- 23,2020

11 Days -11 Nights Last Steam Trains of china & Yellow mountains

Small Group – Group Size: Small Group - max 4 people

6,650USD

Itinerary 

Day 1 – January 13,2020 : 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 – January 14-17,2020 : Steam Trains shooting

The 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 – January 18,2020 : Hami-Shanghai

we will catch a Flight from Hami to Shanghai (4.5 hrs.), then transfer to the hotel for check-in  in the Boyue hotel   and have our dinner.

Day 7–January 19,2020 : Shanghai -Yellow mountains

In the morning after breakfast we will catch a fast train 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– January 20 – 22, 2020 : 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 – January 23,2020 : 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.

 

DESTINATION OVERVIEW

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.

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.

ACCOMMODATION

Sandaoling Hotel

this hotel is a simple twin bed  room and warm place to stay , just average  hotel.

Beihai hotel

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.

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.

PHOTOGRAPHER

Thierry Bornier

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”


Yuanyang Yunnan & Zhangjiajie Hunan

Join Thierry Bornier to embark on your own South west of China to the Hani terraces of Yunnan and discover the splendid Zhangjiajie Sandstone Peak Forest

March 28-April 9,2020

13 days -13 nights Hani terraces of Yunnan & Zhangjiajie Sandstone Peak Forest

Small Group – Group Size: Small Group - min. 4 people, max. 6 people

7,150USD

Itinerary 

Day 1 – March 28,2020 : Shanghai-Kunming

This morning, we fly from Shanghai to Kunming. Upon arrival, you will be transferred from Kunming Airport directly to our hotel and have a look of the green lake with its thousand seagulls.

Day 2 – March 29,2020 : Kunming -Yuanyang

After breakfast, we will take the road to Yuanyang (6-7hr drive). Upon arrival, we will have our first shooting in the afternoon. Check in hotel and dinner to discuss the plan for shooting the rice terraces.

Day 3 to day 6 – March 30 – April 2 2020 : Hani Terraces

The general schedule for the four full days of shooting the Yuanyang Rice Terraces is to wake up early to catch the sunrise lighting up the terrace waters and make the morning mists glow as they drift over the terraces’ rolling hills. Then, the group will visit a local market or another cultural attraction to experience the Hani and Yi ethnic minority cultures. After that, we will go back to the hotel for lunch and a rest before heading out again to shoot at another location for the rest of the day. Then, in the evening, there will be dinner and group discussion to exchange ideas, tips, suggestions and analysis the day’s pictures.

Day 7 -April 3,2020 : Yuanyang to Kunming

After the final morning shoot in Yuanyang, we will drive back to Kunming. Upon arrival we will check in the hotel and have dinner.

 

Day 8 – April 4,2020 : Kunming to Fenghuang Ancient Town

This morning we fly to Fenghuang Airport in Hunan. Upon arrival a car will bring us to our charming hotel with the view of the old city Phoenix Ancient Town to capture the beautiful scenery at night

Day 09 - April 5 ,2020 : Fenghuang - Zhangjiajie National Park

After our morning shooting in fenghuang , we will take a 5.5hr car ride to reach zhangjaijie park and check in our hotel, where we will be based for the next 4 days.

Day 10 to 13: April 6-9,2020 : Zhangjiajie Sandstone Peak Forest

Each of these 4 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. Every evening, we will gather for dinner and group discussion. After our last shooting in the afternoon of the 13 of April, we will be back to the Airport to catch our flight back to shanghai and stay in the international Airport hotel and where our workshop will end.

DESTINATION OVERVIEW

Yuanyang Rice Terraces

the Yuanyang Rice Terraces in Yunnan are so magnificent and photogenic that they’ve kept Thierry living in Yunnan for the last eight years. So he has been up and down the terraces a few times, his camera likely has a bit of the land’s dirt in its seams, and he knows the weather and best angles by heart.

Thierry can show you the terraces’ silvery bands of water turning into a collage of colors and reflections in the early morning sunrise, the mists shrouding the hills and bright pools of reflected light in beautiful mystery, and the rustic lives of the local Hani and Yi people, who generations ago built up these terraces in a feat of technological ingenuity.

The Yuanyang Rice Terraces are in the southern mountains of Yunnan province, about 100 kilometers from the Vietnam border. The Terraces are divided into three separate scenic areas, which you will visit: Duoyishu, Bada, and Laohuzui.

Phoenix Ancient Town (Fenghuang)

Phoenix Ancient Town, aka Fenghuang Ancient Town, is situated on the western boundary of Hunan Province in an area of outstanding natural beauty where mountains, water and blue skies prevail. ‘Fenghuang’ is Chinese for ‘Phoenix’, the mythical bird of good omen and longevity that is consumed by fire to be re-born again from the flames. Phoenix Ancient Town is so called as legend has it that two of these fabulous birds flew over it and found the Fenghuang Town so beautiful that they hovered there, reluctant to leave.

 

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.

ACCOMMODATION

Green lake Kunming

The hotel is ideally located near Cui Lake. The hotel boasts easy access to city center and business circle. Free WiFi and free parking are provided at the hotel. All rooms are equipped with electric kettle, slippers and television. Each unit is fitted with indoor bathroom, indoor washroom and shower. The hotel comes with elevator and 24-hour hot water. Front desk offers baggage storage service for guests’ convenience.

View terraces hotel Yuanyang

Beautiful and  the best hotel who provide a view from your room  in the rice field terraces and you have  a deck  in the roof  to take your  morning  pictures .

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.

PHOTOGRAPHER

Thierry Bornier

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”


PRICE:
7,150USD

RECOMMENDED TO BRING

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • 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)

INCLUDES:

  • Workshop fees
  • Private driver and vehicle
  • Shanghai-Kunming  Flight economy class taxes included
  • Kunming – Fenghuang Flight economy class taxes included
  • Zhangjiajie -Shanghai Flight economy class taxes included
  • Hotel and local guesthouse accommodation, single occupancy with daily breakfast
  • Entrance park fees
  • Meals: full board

 

EXCLUDES:

  • 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.