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 people

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.

Day7 – November 15,2019:Shanghai to Xiapu

The day starts early with our last shooting a highspeed train ride out to shanghai (5.5 hrs.), Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in and we will have our dinner

Day 8 – November 16,2019: Xitang water town
After a good rest and breakfast, we will be transferred to xitang water town (1hour). After checking our hotel, we will look around the town with it 104 bridges and find our spot for shooting,during the evening, the setting sun casts a rosy glow on the old tiled roofs. then later we will have our dinner and rest until the next morning to capture a foggy morning.

Day 9 – November 17,2019: Xitang water town-shanghai 
After our early morning shooting, we will return have our last breakfast and return to Shanghai in the early afternoon to finish our workshop.

Day 13 – Jan 26: Yuanyang to Kunming

After a final morning shoot in Yuanyang, we hit the road for the transfer back to Kunming Airport (6-7hr drive), catching the flight from Kunming to Shanghai, where the workshop concludes.


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.

Equatorial hotel

This comfortable hotel is situated 3.2 km from People’s Square. The city center lies within 3 km from the venue. Boutiques, department stores and shops are located nearby.Every morning continental breakfast is served in the intimate dining room. The restaurant entices with dishes of contemporary cuisine. Guests are welcome to the Poolside Snack bar to relax with a drink.

Chengshang Generations Hotel

The Chengshang Generations Hotel was recently opened in 2016, making it a fantastic choice for those staying in Jiashan. This property features Free in-room Wi-Fi. The hotel is located close toXitang Scenic Spot.


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.

Raymond Hoffmann

Raymond Hoffmann is a world-renowned photographer with magnificent landscape photography. His career began to take off in 2011 when he was named “Best Nature Photographer” by Europe’s largest online photography community. One of his photos was chosen as one of the best photos of the organization in its 10 years of history. Raymond’s work is featured in various publications. From books to newspapers and magazines, he actively works for publishers and advertising companies. Now as a nature photographer, he is leading the expert tour group to Iceland.



  • 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.