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Mysterious Hunan Province: Zhangjiajie & Xiaodongjiang

$4455.00 / $2,000.00 deposit

23rd - 30th Jul, 2023

Join internationally-renowned photographer, Thierry Bornier, on this photography workshop to discover the beautiful and fairytale-like Hunan Province, and explore the heavenly Xiaodongjiang and the splendid Zhangjiajie Sandstone Peak Forest.

This workshop will also offer great opportunities for drone photography.

  • The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

The striking landscape you will encounter here has become famous in recent years as the inspiration for the floating ‘hallelujah’ mountains in the blockbuster movie, Avatar.  In fact, one of the park’s quartz-sandstone pillars, the 1,080-metre ‘Southern Sky Column’, has been officially renamed ‘Avatar Hallelujah Mountain’ after the film. The magnificent scenery of the park is certainly reminiscent 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. During this workshop, we will have unrivaled opportunities to capture these fascinating formations.

  • Xiaodongjiang

Xiaodongiiang has long been known as a great spot for photographers who come from all over China. Shots of Xiaodongjiang have won various international photography awards, making it a world-renowned photography location.

The Dongjiang Lake Area is made up of mountains and rivers. It has been described as "the lake in an earthly paradise, with thousands of scenes in it". The view of clouds streaming between mountains and a little boat floating on the lake amid the hazy fog, with sunrise or sunset in the background, which is like a traditional Chinese ink painting, will surely take your breath away. The misty scenery makes the whole place look like heaven. Inhaling the fresh air gives you energy for the rest of the day. 

One of the most special and attractive spots near Xiaodongjiang is Gao Yi Ling. With the most primitive Danxia landform in China, it is known as "a place forgotten by God". 

Day 1 - Shanghai-Chenzhou

This morning we will take a high-speed train from Shanghai to Chenzhou, Hunan Province (6.5hrs). 

Upon arrival, we will be transferred to our hotel and have dinner.

Day 2-3 - Xiao Dong Jiang

The general schedule for these 2 full days of shooting in Xiaodongjiang is to wake up very early each morning to catch the sunrise over the misty lake. 

In the afternoon we will go to shoot Gao Yi Ling Danxia Landform. Please bring your drone if you have one, as the view in this place is amazing for aerial photography.

Day 4 - Chenzhou -Zhangjaijie

After the final morning shoot in Xiaodongjiang, we will take a high-speed train to reach Zhangjiajie City, from where a private chauffeur service will take us to the top of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

After checking into our hotel, we will have dinner. We will spend the next 3 days here to explore the National Park with its amazing landscapes, and also visit the wild monkeys.

Day 5-7 - Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Each day we will start 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 another shoot. Every evening, we will gather for dinner and group discussion.

Day 8 - Zhangjiajie-Shanghai

After our final morning shooting and lunch in Zhangjiajie, we will fly to Shanghai Pudong International Airport to catch your international flights in the evening or the next day.

If you are interested in extending your workshop in Shanghai for one or two more days, let us know and we will organise it for you.

We strongly recommend you take out a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance policy after booking your trip. If you cancel and your place on the workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and your place on the workshop is not then filled, you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the workshop:

More than 90 days before 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 the original payment was made.