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Yuanyang Rice Terraces & Luoping Canola Fields

$4850.00 / $2,000.00 deposit

19th - 28th Feb, 2022

Join internationally-renowned photographer, Thierry Bornier, and embark on a journey of discovery through the beautiful, magical Southwest of China. Explore with him the world-famous Hani Rice Terraces and Luoping Canola Fields in Yunnan Province.

This workshop will also offer great opportunities for drone photography.

  • Yuanyang Rice Terraces

The Yuanyang Rice Terraces in Yunnan Province are so magnificent and photogenic that they’ve kept Thierry living in Yunnan for the past ten years. He has been up and down the terraces countless times, such that his camera likely has a bit of the land’s dirt in its seams, and he knows the weather patterns and all the best angles by heart. 

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

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.

  • Luoping Canola Fields

Famous for its vast canola fields, Luoping is a unique place that is in many ways evocative of Provence. Provence is famous for its lavender fields, Luoping for its golden canola flowers, and both are unique in the world.

The landscape, dotted with hundreds of karst hills, is a real paradise for photographers and for anyone who loves nature. 20km away from Luoping, the Jiulong Waterfall is made up of 10 cascades, known as the Nine-Dragon Waterfalls, each forming a pool beneath. The Jiulong waterfalls are considered among the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.

Day 1 - Shanghai-Kunming

This morning, we will fly from Shanghai to Kunming. 

Upon arrival, we will be transferred from Kunming Changshui International Airport directly to our hotel, where you will have the opportunity to explore the city’s famous Green Lake with its thousands of seagulls.

Day 2 - Kunming -Luoping

After breakfast, we will drive to Luoping (4 hrs). 

Upon arrival, in the afternoon, we will have our first shoot in Luoping.

After hotel check-in and dinner, we will discuss the plan for shooting the canola fields over the next two days.

Day 3-4 - Luoping

We will have two days of shooting in Luoping to capture the stunning landscape dotted with hundreds of karst hills.

Day 5 - Luoping – Yuanyang

After the final morning shoot in Luoping, we will drive to Yuanyang Rice Terraces (5 hrs).

In the afternoon, we will have our first shoot in Yuanyang, before our hotel check-in and dinner.

Day 6–9 - Yuanyang

The general schedule for the four full days of shooting at Yuanyang Rice Terraces begins with an early start to catch the moments when sunrise lights up the terrace waters and the morning mists glow as they drift over the terraces’ rolling hills. 

Afterwards, we will visit a local market or another cultural attraction to experience the Hani and Yi ethnic minority cultures. We will go back to the hotel to have lunch and have a rest before heading out again for the late-afternoon photoshoot. 

In the evening, there will be dinner and group discussions to exchange ideas, tips, suggestions, and review the day’s pictures.

Day 10 - Yuanyang –Kunming- Shanghai

After our last morning shooting and lunch in Yuanyang, we will drive back to Kunming airport.

In late afternoon we will fly to Shanghai Pudong International Airport to catch your international flights in the evening or the next day.

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.