JUNE 12-24, 2019
USD2,500 downpayment at order confirmation, and Balance payment 8 weeks before arriving designated city in China.
Small Group – min. 4 people, max. 6 people
USD7,250 based on twin share, USD 500 single supplement
Join Thierry Bornier to embark on your own “Journey to the West” to Xinjiang and Zhangye, and capture some of the most dramatic landscapes in all of China.
Day 1 – Jun 12: Shanghai to Urumqi/Anjihai Grand Canyon/Kuitun
This morning, we will catch a flight from Shanghai Pudong Intl. Airport to Urumqi. Upon arrival in Urumqi, we will transfer directly to the Anjihai Grand Canyon (3.5hr drive), and have a photo shooting session before sunset. Later, we will go to Kuitun City (1.5hr drive), and check in at the local hotel.
Day 2 – Jun 13: Kuitun/Anjihai Grand Canyon
We will enjoy a full day of photography at the Anjihai Grand Canyon today.
Day 3 – Jun 14: Kuitun to Tekesi
After a morning photography session in Anjihai, we will be venturing towards Tekesi (9hr drive), where we spend the night.
Day 4 & 5 – Jun 15 & 16: Qiongkushitai Village
This morning, we will make our way to the Qiongkushitai Village in Tekesi County, and commence photography of the magnificent grassland there, which resembles human body curves. The scenery is further accentuated by the local Kazak herdsmen and their livestock.
Day 6 – Jun 17: Tekesi to Bayinbuluke
Today, we bid farewell to Tekesi County, and transfer to Bayinbuluke (8hr drive).
Day 7 – Jun 18: Bayinbuluke
Today’s featured scenery is the iconic crisscrossed streams in the Bayinbuluke hinterland.
Day 8– Jun 19: Bayinbuluke to Urumqi
After a morning shoot in Bayinbuluke, we will be transferred back to Urumqi (9hr drive)
Day 9 – Jun 20: Urumqi to Zhangye
This morning, we will take a fast train to Zhangye (8.5 hrs). Upon arrival in Zhangye, we will check into a local hotel.
Day 10-12 – Jun 21-23: Zhangye
These three days will be spent mostly in Zhangye Danxia Geopark, capturing the geographical wonders known as “Rainbow Mountains” – a colorful display of layered rock hills formed over 24 million years of natural erosion
Day 13 – Jun 24: Zhangye to Lanzhou to Shanghai
This morning, we will catch a fast train from Zhangye to Lanzhou. Upon arriving at Lanzhou West Railway Station, we will be transferred to Lanzhou Airport for our flight back to Shanghai.
Anjihai Grand CanyonThe majestic Anjihai Grand Canyon is located near the town of Kuitun, 250 km west of Urumuqi. The Anji Haihe River that flows through the valley originates from the Tianshan Mountains. With its rich color and changeful shadow over this area, Anjihai Grand Canyon is like a flowing impressionistic masterpiece which cuts the earth into colorful scars.
Located in Tekes County and on the Tianshan Mountains’ slopes, Qiongkushitai Village was added into the list of China’s historic and cultural villages by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage in December 2010 for its splendid history and natural beauty. Qiongkushitai is home to herdsmen of China’s Kazak ethnic group. The grassland features many gullies,various flowers and forests, which jointly form an astonishing picture in front of the visitors.
Bayinbuluke means ‘fertile water’ in the Mongolian language. It is situated in central Xinjiang, in the hinterland of Tianshan Mountain ranges with the altitude between 2,300 and 3,100 meters. Melting snow from the surrounding mountains abundantly waters the lush grassland of 100,000 hectares. This region is populated by 9 ethnic minorities such as Mongolian, Han, Tibetan, Ha etc., and home to reportedly 60% of the worlds swan population. The legendary scenery of crisscrossed streams is truly iconic.
Out in the desert of Northwest China’s Gansu Province lies some of the most unique geological formations in the world. Topping the list for uniqueness without a doubt is the Zhangye Danxia National Geopark, among which lies the Rainbow Mountains, a colorful display of layered rock hills formed over 24 million years of natural erosion. The sand and mudstone mountains that make up the geopark are like nature’s sand art. Covering an area of over 400 square kilometers, it is composed of lots of smooth and sharp cliffs, most of which are several hundred meters high, and cliffs look very powerful for their neighbors are plains and rivers. Brilliant colorful stripes lay in perfect lines rolling over the many peaks and valleys of the landscape.
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