WORKSHOPS CHINA

YELLOW MOUNTAIN ANHUI & YUANYANG TERRACES YUNNAN


JAN.14-26, 2019

13-Day Photograph Workshop: Xiapu & Yellow Mountain

Small Group – min. 4 people, max. 6 people

USD6,250.00 based on twin share, USD 700 single supplement

YELLOW MOUNTAIN ANHUI & YUANYANG TERRACES YUNNAN

Join Thierry Bornier along the breathtaking cliffside walkways that hang over the seas of clouds around the Yellow Mountain. This photographic pilgrimage continues on to Thierry’s favourite Yuanyang Rice Terraces.

SCHEDULE

Day 1 – Jan 14: Shanghai-Huangshan City-Yellow Mountain This morning, we will take a high-speed train from Shanghai to Huangshan City. Upon arrival, we commence the journey to the Yellow Mountain, which entails a 1-hr private transfer by coach, a shuttle hop to the cable car station, a fast cable car ride taking everyone up to the Yellow Mountain, followed by a ~45min hike before we finally arrive at our hotel. As you exit the cable car, there will be porters available for hire to carry your luggage.

Day 2 to 5 – Jan 15 to 18: Yellow Mountain Each of these 4 days starts before dawn in order to catch the magnificent sunrise. We will then return to the hotel for breakfast and some rest. Later in the day, we will be trekking up and down the Yellow Mountain’s many overgrown peaks where, tucked away amidst craggy granite overhangs and pine trees, you can find hidden hot springs and vantage points offering splendid panoramic views of the surrounding peaks that burst and break through the rolling sea of clouds. Every evening, we will gather for dinner and group discussion.

Day 6 – Jan 19: Yellow Mountain-Huangshan City-Shanghai After a final morning photo shoot, we bid farewell to the Yellow Mountain, and make our way downhill by cable car, and then a shuttle hop followed by a private transfer to Huangshan North Railway Station to catch a high-speed train back to Shanghai, where we spend the night

Day 7 – Jan 20: Shanghai-Kunming-Yuanyang This morning, we fly from Shanghai to Kunming. Upon arrival, you will be transferred from Kunming Airport directly to Yuanyang (6-7hr drive). Upon arrival, the group will have dinner and discuss the plan for shooting the rice terraces.

Day 8 to 12– Jan 21 to 25: Yuanyang The general schedule for the four full days of shooting the Yuanyang Rice Terraces is to wake up early to catch the sunrise lighting up the terrace waters and make the morning mists glow as they drift over the terraces’ rolling hills. Then, the group will visit a local market or other cultural attraction to experience the Hani and Yi ethnic minority cultures. After that, it’s back to the hotel for lunch and a rest before heading out again to shoot at another location for the rest of the day. Then, in the evening, there will be dinner and group discussion to exchange ideas, tips, suggestions and analysis the day’s pictures.

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.

DESTINATION OVERVIEW

Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)“Huang” meaning “yellow” and “shan” meaning “mountain”. One writer remarked on the view of the clouds from Huangshan as follows: “To enjoy the magnificence of a mountain, you have to look upwards in most cases. To enjoy Mount Huangshan, however, you’ve got to look downward.” That writer was referring to the Sea of Clouds, which is named quite literally. The area also is host to notable light effects, such as the renowned sunrises. Watching the sunrise is considered a “mandatory” part of visiting the area. A phenomenon known as Buddha’s Light is also well-known and, on average, Buddha’s Light only appears a couple of times per month.

The Yellow Mountain is a mountain range in southern Anhui province in eastern China. It was named Huangshan in 747 AD in recognition of the legendary Huang Di, who was the reputed ancestor of the Chinese people and who supposedly made magic pills of immortality here. The area is well known for its scenery, sunsets, peculiarly-shaped granite peaks, pine trees, hot springs and winter snow. Huangshan is a frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature, as well as modern photography. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of China’s major tourist destinations. Huangshan is also a famous place for Chinese teas of high quality.

Yuanyang Rice Terraces The Yuanyang Rice Terraces in Yunnan are so magnificent and photogenic that they’ve kept Thierry living in Yunnan for the last eight years. He even owns a coffee shop near the terraces. So he has been up and down the terraces a few times, his camera likely has a bit of the land’s dirt in its seams, and he knows the weather and best angles by heart.

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

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.

RECOMMENDED TO BRING

  • 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)

INCLUDES:

  • Workshop fee
  • Private driver and vehicle
  • Beijing-Xiapu train tickets in Business Class Beds (most luxurious seats on Chinese Trains)
  • Xiapu-Shanghai train tickets in First Class Seats
  • Hotel and local guesthouse accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals: full board

EXCLUDES:

  • International airfares
  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Medical services, travel insurance or visas

PRICE:
USD6,250.00

JIABANG RICE FIELD TERRACES GUIZHOU & ZHANGJIAJIE AND FENGHUANG HUNAN


APR.28- MAY 10, 2019

15-Day Photograph Workshop: Bashang & Xiapu

Small Group – min. 4 people, max. 6 people

USD6,250.00 based on twin share, USD550 single supplement

JIABANG RICE FIELD TERRACES GUIZHOU & ZHANGJIAJIE AND FENGHUANG HUNAN

Join Thierry Bornier for a photographic pilgrimage to his spiritual home of Jiabang . Then, visit the splendid Zhangjiajie Sandstone Peak Forest.

SCHEDULE

Day 1 – Apr 28: Shanghai to Zhangjiajie City This evening, fly from Shanghai Pudong to Zhangjiajie Airport, where we will be picked up and transferred to the hotel om Zhangjiajie City for check-in.

Day 2 – Apr 29: Zhangjiajie City to Zhangjiajie National Park After breakfast, we will take a 1.5hr car ride from Zhangjiajie City to Tianzi Town, and check in at the local guesthouse, where we will be based for the next 4 days. We will have the first photography session in Zhangjiajie National Park this afternoon.

Day 3 to 5 – Apr 30 to May 2: Zhangjiajie National Park Each of these three days starts 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 more photography. In the evening, there will be dinner and group discussion to exchange ideas, tips, suggestions and analysis of the day’s pictures.

Day 6 – May 3 : Zhangjiajie National Park to Fenghuang This morning, we continue to capture the colorful daily life of the different ethnic groups, the majestic landscape and the architectural ingenuity in Fenghuang. After lunch, we will transfer to we will transfer to Zhangjiajie Airport in the afternoon (1.5hr drive), and catch a flight to Changsha. Upon arrival, we will be transferred to the hotel, where we stay for the night.

Day 7 – May 4 : Fenghuang This morning, we continue to capture the colorful daily life of the different ethnic groups, the majestic landscape and the architectural ingenuity in Fenghuang. After lunch, we will transfer to Zhangjiajie Airport in the afternoon (1.5hr drive), and catch a flight to Changsha. Upon arrival, we will be transferred to the hotel, where we stay for the night.

Day 8 – May 5: Fenghuang-Huaihua-Guiyang This morning, we continue to capture the colorful daily life of the different ethnic groups, the majestic landscape and the architectural ingenuity in Fenghuang. After lunch, we will transfer to we will transfer to Huaihua South Railway Station (1.5hr drive), and catch a high-speed train to Guiyang. Upon arrival, we will be transferred to the hotel, where we stay for the night.

Day 9 – May 6: Guiyang-Congjiang-Jiabang This morning, we first take a fast train to Congjiang, and then transfer from Congjiang to Jiabang by car (2.5hr drive). We will have our first photography session of the Jiabang rice terraces this afternoon.

Day 10 to 12 – May 7: to 9: Jiabang The general schedule for these three full days of shooting the Jiabang Rice Terraces is to wake up early, catch the sunrise lighting up the terrace waters and make the morning mists glow as they drift over the terraces’ rolling hills. Then, back to the hotel for lunch and a rest before heading out again to shoot at another location for the rest of the day. There will also be opportunities during the day to witness the local village life and experience the ethnic minority cultures. Every evening, we will gather for dinner and group discussion.

Day 13 – May 10 : Jiabang-Congjiang-Guiyang-Shanghai After one last photography session in the morning, we will be transferred to Congjiang, where we catch a fast train back to Guiyang. From Guiyang North Railway Station, we will be transferred to Guiyang Airport for our flight to Shanghai, where the workshop concludes.

DESTINATION OVERVIEW

The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Zhangjiajie has become famous in recent years as the inspiration for the floating hallelujah mountains in the famous blockbuster movie – Avatar. One of the park’s quartz-sandstone pillars, the 1,080-metre ‘Southern Sky Column’, has been officially renamed ‘Avatar Hallelujah Mountain’ in honor of the film. The magnificent scenery of the park certainly seems like it could be part 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. On this workshop, we will have great opportunities to capture these fascinating formations.

Fenghuang Fenghuang (Phoenix Town) is a well-preserved ancient town overlooking the Tuojiang River. The bridges over the water and the unique houses built on stilts display a harmony that is very often portrayed in traditional Chinese paintings. This is particularly true when mist permeates the scene in the early morning or after rain. It soon becomes apparent that the claim to being one of the most beautiful towns in all of China is more than justified. The town is situated on the western boundary of Hunan province in an area of outstanding natural beauty, where mountains, water and blue skies prevail. This is a world that is dominated by the color green: the mountain slopes are covered with green foliage, the fields are green and even the Tuojiang River seems green, as it reflects the surroundings.

Jiabang Jiabang Rice Terraces are located in the Southeast Guizhou Province. They were hand-cut from the hill terrain ending up with hundreds of layers. Spring is the perfect time of year to fully enjoy the beauty of this scene. Photographers who have made the journey all agree that the Jiabang Rice Terraces are among some of the most strikingly beautiful fields in Guizhou and quite possibly, all of China. The rice terraces are not limited to just a few lonely hills perched in the middle of a village. These rice fields extend over 40 km² were several villages of ethnic minority groups live. It is not only their size that makes the rice terraces of Jiabang so remarkable, these crop plots reflect the intricacy and detail of how these fields are irrigated by the local people. The Ethnic Groups in Jiabang In this part of Guizhou- the Miao, Zhuang, Dong, Yao, and Shui ethnic group all live in tranquility of each other. The costumes, songs, and architecture of these villages have their own unique characteristics attributed to each of these ethnic groups. During our trip in Guizhou we will have the opportunity to capture beautiful portraits and life style shot of these minorities working the same way as they had even a few hundred years ago.

RECOMMENDED TO BRING

  • 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)

INCLUDES:

  • Workshop fee
  • Private driver and vehicle
  • Beijing-Xiapu train tickets in Business Class Beds (most luxurious seats on Chinese Trains)
  • Xiapu-Shanghai train tickets in First Class Seats
  • Hotel and local guesthouse accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals: full board

EXCLUDES:

  • International airfares
  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Medical services, travel insurance or visas

PRICE:
USD6,250.00

XINJIANG PROVINCE & ZHANGYE GANSU PROVINCE


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

XINJIANG PROVINCE & ZHANGYE GANSU PROVINCE

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.

SCHEDULE

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.

DESTINATION OVERVIEW

Xinjiang
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.

Qiongkushitai Prairie 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 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.

Zhangye 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.

RECOMMENDED TO BRING

  • 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)

INCLUDES:

  • Workshop fee
  • Private driver and vehicle
  • Beijing-Xiapu train tickets in Business Class Beds (most luxurious seats on Chinese Trains)
  • Xiapu-Shanghai train tickets in First Class Seats
  • Hotel and local guesthouse accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals: full board

EXCLUDES:

  • International airfares
  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Medical services, travel insurance or visas

PRICE:
USD7,250.00

XIAPU FUJIAN & YELLOW MOUNTAIN ANHUI


OCT.27–NOV 8, 2019

13-Day Photograph Workshop: Xiapu & Yellow Mountain

Group Size: Small Group – min. 4 people, max. 6 people

USD6,700.00 based on twin share, USD450 single supplement

XIAPU FUJIAN & YELLOW MOUNTAIN ANHUI

Take your camera on an adventure to Xiapu, the world’s most photogenic fishing village, and the breathtaking cliffside walkways that hang over the seas of clouds around the Yellow Mountain.

SCHEDULE

Day 1 – Oct 27: Shanghai to Xiapu This morning, we will catch a fast train to Xiapu (5.5 hrs), then transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Day 2 to Day 6 – Oct 28 to nov 1: Xiapu Day 2 to Day 6 will 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.

Day 7 – Nov 2: Xiapu to Huangshan City After a final morning shoot in Xiapu, we catch a fast train to Fuzhou, where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we take a high speed train from Fuzhou to Huangshan. Upon arrival, we will be transferred to our hotel in Huangshan City, where we spend the night.

Day 8 – Nov 3: Huangshan City to Yellow Mountain After breakfast, we commence the journey to the Yellow Mountain, which entails a 1-hr private transfer by coach, a shuttle hop to the cable car station, a fast cable car ride taking everyone up to the Yellow Mountain, followed by a ~45min hike before we finally arrive at our hotel. As you exit the cable car, there will be porters available for hire to carry your luggage.

Day 9 to Day 12 – Nov 4 to Nov 7: Yellow Mountain Each of these 4 days starts before dawn in order to catch the magnificent sunrise. We will then return to the hotel for breakfast and some rest. Later in the day, we will be trekking up and down the Yellow Mountain’s many overgrown peaks where, tucked away amidst craggy granite overhangs and pine trees, you can find hidden hot springs and vantage points offering splendid panoramic views of the surrounding peaks that burst and break through the rolling sea of clouds. Every evening, we will gather for dinner and group discussion.

Day 13 – Nov 8: Huangshan to Shanghai After a final morning photo shoot, we bid farewell to the Yellow Mountain, and make our way downhill by cable car, and then a shuttle hop followed by a private transfer to Huangshan North Railway Station to catch a high speed train back to Shanghai, where the workshop concludes.

DESTINATION OVERVIEW

Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)“Huang” meaning “yellow” and “shan” meaning “mountain”. One writer remarked on the view of the clouds from Huangshan as follows: “To enjoy the magnificence of a mountain, you have to look upwards in most cases. To enjoy Mount Huangshan, however, you’ve got to look downward.” That writer was referring to the Sea of Clouds, which is named quite literally. The area also is host to notable light effects, such as the renowned sunrises. Watching the sunrise is considered a “mandatory” part of visiting the area. A phenomenon known as Buddha’s Light is also well-known and, on average, Buddha’s Light only appears a couple of times per month.

The Yellow Mountain is a mountain range in southern Anhui province in eastern China. It was named Huangshan in 747 AD in recognition of the legendary Huang Di, who was the reputed ancestor of the Chinese people and who supposedly made magic pills of immortality here. The area is well known for its scenery, sunsets, peculiarly-shaped granite peaks, pine trees, hot springs and winter snow. Huangshan is a frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature, as well as modern photography. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of China’s major tourist destinations. Huangshan is also a famous place for Chinese teas of high quality.

Xiapu 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.

RECOMMENDED TO BRING

  • 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)

INCLUDES:

  • Workshop fee
  • Private driver and vehicle
  • Beijing-Xiapu train tickets in Business Class Beds (most luxurious seats on Chinese Trains)
  • Xiapu-Shanghai train tickets in First Class Seats
  • Hotel and local guesthouse accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals: full board

EXCLUDES:

  • International airfares
  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Medical services, travel insurance or visas

PRICE:
USD6,700.00