Nobody does the great outdoors as well as China. From the Gobi and Takla makan deserts in the arid north to subtropical forests in the south, The People's Republic of China is the second-largest country in the world in respect to land area. Therefore, China’s landscapes vary significantly across its length and width.In the southern part of China in Guangxi province lies one of the most picturesque and scenic tourist destinations—of not just China, but the world. The lifeline of this region is the famous Li river which originates in the Mao'er Mountains and flows through Guilin, Yangshuo and Pingle.
The ancient cultural city of Guilin lies on the west bank of the River Li. There is an old popular saying in China: 'Guilin's hills and water are best among all under heaven.’ The city is renowned for its stunning landscapes and unique Karst terrain. In the center of the city are 2 lakes, Shanhu (Cedar) and Ronghu (Banyan), remnants of a medieval-era moat that once surrounded the city. A short distance from Guilin is Longsheng with its renowned longji rice terraces. There is also a fascinating Qing-dynasty stone village located in the hills around Yangshuo which offers a unique view into the ancient customs and ways of life in China. This is also where you will find the unique but almost extinct practice of Cormorant Fishing in which fishermen train cormorants to catch fish from the river.
Close to Yangshuo also lies often visited and highly photographed Longsheng Rice Terraces.
Other must visit place is the Xianggong hills which gives a spectacular panaromic view to
Li River as it bends in the backdrop of Karst mountains.
What you should expect
GoodShotz is proud to announce its marquee photo tour to this enchanting wonderland. GoodShotz mentor Bobby Joshi has spent a lot of time driving and photographing this region and he says its one of his all time favourite places, not just to shoot, but also to just visit and soak up its amazing beauty and topography.
Spread over a generous 6 Nights and 7 days, this photo tour is like nothing you have ever done before. We will start the photo tour from Guilin and end the tour on the 7th day in Yangshuo.
By the time you go head home, you'd be bone tired but would carry back rich and beautiful memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Places and things you will shoot in this trip:
Guilin: We will start the tour from this beautiful city as we admire and soak up its wonderful pagodas and lakes with the backdrop of beautiful conical shaped mountains. And oh yeah, you can also use those expensive cameras and lenses to shoot if you can remember to take your eyes off away from those beautiful sceneries.
Xianggong Hills: We will spend one morning shooting the expansive and absolutely stunning panorama of Xianggong hills with Li River making an S-curve through the Karst mountains and life around it.
Xingping: Home to the Cormorant fishermen, we get down on the banks of Li River and get up close and personal with this near-extinct and under threat form of fishing. These fishermen use traditional fishing method in which fishermen use trained cormorants to fish in Li River. Historically, cormorant fishing has taken place in Japan and China since about 960 AD
Longsheng Rice Terraces: We then head to Longsheng to shoot the endless rice terraces which are built along with riverside all the way to the top of the mountains. Longji (Dragon's Backbone) Terraced Rice Fields received their name because the rice terraces resemble a dragon's scales, while the summit of the mountain range looks like the backbone of the dragon.
Yangshuo: One of the most popular destination in China is where we end our tour. But not before shooting languid and lazy life in this picturesque town along the Yulong River. We also take time out to visit ancient kite making village and shooting a 600 year old Fuli bridge built during the Ming Dynasty.