Xiapu & Xitang water town

Join Thierry Bornier and discover a quaint and photogenic fishing village in Xiapu and the water of Xitang ( close to shanghai )

November 9-17, 2019

13-Day Photograph Workshop: Xiapu & Yellow Mountain

Small Group – min. 4 people, max. 8 peopl

USD5,650.00 based single room


Day1 – November 9,2019 : Shanghai to Xiapu

This morning, we will catch a fast train to Xiapu (5.5 hrs), then transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Day2 to Day 6 – November 10-14 ,2019 : Xiapu

Wewill 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.


Xiapu (Fujian)

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.

Xitang Water Town (Nearby shanghai)

Xitang Water Town is a beautiful town that seems like a completely different world from the hustle and bustle of nearby Shanghai
. Cobbled streets, old buildings, bridges arching over canals, rowing boats lingering on the river, and locals singing folk songs are the features of Xitang, a charming, ancient water town. Mornings in Xitang bring fresh air and light fog; during the evening, the setting sun casts a rosy glow on the old tiled roofs.


HaiYue Hotel

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

Thierry Bornier, the founder of Incredible Views, 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.



  • 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)


  • Workshop fee
  • Private driver and vehicle
  • Shanghai-Xiapu train tickets in First Class Seats
  • Xiapu-Shanghai train tickets 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.