3 – 14 December 2024
US$5950 (double room)
US$800 extra (single room)
Join Rachel Jones Ross and Kah-Wai Lin for this mesmerizing 13-day trip to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain); Zhangjiajie (Avatar Mountain); and Furon, Shexian, Hongcun and Fenghuang Ancient Towns in China, which boast some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes and cultural heritages in the world.
Zhangjiajie, located in Hunan Province, is a remarkable city renowned for its stunning natural landscapes and unique rock formations. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, an inspiration for the ethereal landscapes in the movie “Avatar”. With its towering quartzite sandstone pillars, deep gorges, and lush forests, the park creates a surreal and otherworldly atmosphere. Don’t miss the iconic glass-bottomed Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Bridge, the world’s longest and highest glass bridge. Zhangjiajie is also home to Tianmen Mountain, famous for its remarkable Tianmen Cave and picturesque Tianmen Mountain Cableway. Experience the breathtaking scenery and natural wonders of Zhangjiajie, offering an unforgettable adventure for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Yellow Mountain, also known as Huangshan, is a renowned mountain range in Anhui Province, China. Its stunning natural beauty, featuring towering granite peaks, ancient pine trees, and mystical clouds, has captivated artists and poets for centuries. Explore scenic areas such as Beihai and Xihai Grand Canyon, hike to picturesque viewpoints, and witness the awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets. Yellow Mountain is not only a natural wonder but also home to UNESCO World Heritage sites like Xidi and Hongcun Ancient Villages, providing a unique blend of natural and cultural experiences. Embark on an extraordinary journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Yellow Mountain.
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Day 1: Tianmen Mountain National Geological Park
Please ensure that you arrive at Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport (DYG) no later than the night before Day 1 of the workshop. We will provide transportation from the airport to the hotel. The hotel is included in the fee. On Day 1, we will pick you up from the hotel in the morning and begin our photography journey at Tianmen Mountain National Geological Park. This captivating natural paradise in Zhangjiajie, China, will amaze you with its towering cliffs, deep canyons, and lush greenery. Don’t miss the iconic Tianmen Cave, accessible via an exhilarating cableway ride. The park also offers a glass walkway and serene hiking trails for unforgettable experiences. Immerse yourself in the beauty of this geological marvel and enjoy the tranquility and awe-inspiring vistas it offers. In the evening, we will proceed to Furong Ancient Town, where we will stay overnight.
Day 2: Furong Ancient Town
On this day, we will dedicate our time to photographing and exploring the captivating Furong Ancient Town. This town is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and traditional architecture, offering a fascinating glimpse into ancient Chinese village life. Nestled along the banks of the Furong River and surrounded by lush mountains, Furong Ancient Town provides a picturesque backdrop for our adventures. As we stroll along the narrow cobblestone streets, we’ll be transported back in time, admiring the traditional buildings, old stone bridges, and elegant wooden houses with intricate carvings and upturned eaves that reflect the Ming and Qing dynasties. Don’t miss the town’s famous Furong Waterfall, cascading down from a height of 60 meters, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. It’s a perfect opportunity to capture the town’s timeless charm. In the evening, we will journey to Fenghuang Ancient Town, where we will spend the night.
Day 3: Fenghuang Ancient Town
During this day, we will dedicate our time to photographing and exploring the captivating Fenghuang Ancient Town. Known for its well-preserved traditional architecture, ancient bridges, and cobblestone streets, the town exudes a unique charm and carries a rich history. As we wander through its streets, we will be immersed in China’s cultural heritage, encountering intricately carved wooden houses, ancient temples, and the vibrant customs and performances of the locals. The gentle flow of the Tuo River further enhances the town’s picturesque allure. With its enchanting ambiance and stunning natural surroundings, Fenghuang Ancient Town is a must-visit for those seeking an immersive and nostalgic experience of ancient China. In the evening, we will travel to Wulingyuan in Zhangjiajie to continue our photographic journey.
Day 4 – 5: Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie
For the next two days, we will focus our photography on the captivating landscapes of Wulingyuan in Zhangjiajie. Wulingyuan is a mesmerizing destination renowned for its awe-inspiring landscapes and extraordinary rock formations. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, it showcases towering sandstone pillars, deep ravines, and lush forests, creating a surreal and otherworldly atmosphere. Within this scenic area, we will explore renowned attractions such as Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Yuanjiajie, Tianzi Mountain, and Suoxiyu Nature Reserve. Prepare to witness the remarkable Avatar Hallelujah Mountain, hike along breathtaking trails, and be amazed by panoramic viewpoints offering breathtaking views. Wulingyuan is a true haven for nature lovers, photographers, and adventurers seeking an unforgettable experience in Zhangjiajie.
Day 6: Zhangjiajie – Changsha – Huangshan
We will embark on a comfortable high-speed train journey from Zhangjiajie to Changsha, which takes approximately 3 hours. From Changsha, we will continue our travel to Huangshan, a scenic journey of around 4 hours. Traveling by high-speed train is the most convenient way to explore China, offering comfort and efficiency. Unlike airports, there is no need for lengthy check-in processes, and we will enjoy the comfort of first-class seating. Upon arrival in Huangshan, we will settle in Huangshan City.
Day 7: Shexian Ancient Town – Tangkou
In the morning, our focus will be on photographing the captivating Shexian Ancient Town. This historical gem is steeped in tradition and cultural heritage, earning it the nickname “Town of Archways.” Renowned for its well-preserved Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture, ancient stone arches, and charming cobblestone streets, Shexian Ancient Town immerses visitors in a bygone era. Strolling through its tranquil waterways, traditional courtyards, and intricate woodwork feels like stepping back in time. Moreover, the town’s tea culture adds to its allure, with numerous tea houses offering a chance to savor fine local teas. With its rich history, architectural beauty, and cultural significance, Shexian Ancient Town promises a delightful journey into China’s past. We will spend the night in Tangkou Town, situated at the base of Huangshan.
Day 8 – 11: Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)
We will begin our Huangshan adventure by taking the cable car to the mountain peak, where we will spend the next four days photographing this magnificent natural wonder. Huangshan, also known as Yellow Mountain, is often hailed as ‘the loveliest mountain of China.’ Located in southern Anhui province, it showcases a diverse range of vegetation, with lush forests below 1,100 meters (3,600 ft) and trees thriving up to the treeline at 1,800 meters (5,900 ft). The area is famous for its breathtaking scenery, mesmerizing sunsets, peculiarly-shaped granite peaks, Huangshan pine trees, rejuvenating hot springs, winter snow, and the captivating views of the sea of clouds. Huangshan has been a constant source of inspiration for traditional Chinese paintings, literature, and modern photography. Its timeless beauty has been celebrated throughout Chinese history, particularly in the mid-16th century during the emergence of the Shanshui ‘mountain and water’ artistic style. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Huangshan is revered as one of China’s best photography locations, especially in winter when the formation of the sea of clouds occurs with remarkable frequency. Get ready to capture the enchanting essence of Huangshan in our photography expedition.
Day 12: Hongcun
In the morning, we will devote our time to photographing the captivating beauty of Hongcun. This ancient village is renowned for its picturesque charm and well-preserved traditional architecture, offering a delightful subject for our lenses. Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance as we capture the intricate details of the ancient houses, winding alleys, and serene waterways. In the afternoon, we will ensure your smooth departure by providing transportation to Huangshan Tunxi International Airport (TXN) for your journey home. Reflect upon the memories and stunning images captured during our time together as you bid farewell to this remarkable destination.
Rachel Jones Ross
US$5950 (double room)
US$800 extra (single room)
Easy to moderate, some short hiking
Maximum 12 people
120 days prior to the workshop’s starting date
After you signup, we’ll send you a recommended camera gear and packing list. Please pay special attention to things that we say are absolutely required.
- Accommodation in 4 stars hotel or the local best.
- Accommodation in the night before day 1 of the workshop.
- First class train ticket from Zhangjiajie to Huangshan.
- Meals, include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Ground transportation.
- All entrance tickets
- Cable cars
- Airport pick-up and return arrangement in China
- Professional photo guides, local tour guide, driver.
- Outdoor photography instruction.
- Landscape photography masterclass.
- Post-processing masterclass.
- Exclusive discounts on photo equipment in our camera store, Stetinden Photo
- International flight, visa, travel insurance
- Snack, beverages, alcohol
- Tips for local guide and driver
The tour is always dependent on weather, as the mountain weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. There is however always plenty to see and do if conditions do not favor any part of our original plan.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
If you cancel and the workshop greater than 120 days from the start date of the workshop, and the seats does not fill, we will refund you the full amount you have paid, minus a $200 service charge. If you cancel and the workshop within 120 days or less from the start date of the workshop, and the seats does not fill, the fee is non-refundable.
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By signing up the workshop, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions herein, and all conditions established by Kah-Wai Lin Photography LLC, New Jersey, USA.