China Photo Tour

Natural Wonders of China

During our China Photo tour, you will explore the most amazing areas of China to shot the beautiful photos of majestic Sunrise over karst mountains, cormorant fishermen floating through the mist on the Li River, long-haired minority women walking in rice terraces, unpredictable seas of cloud around the Yellow Mountains, breathtaking Avatar mountains, busy farmers walking fast on mudflats, and more. All these create a photo album of China, and that’s what we’ll do.

Highlights :

Shanghai               |  Guilin

Yangshuo              |  Huangshan

Yellow Mountains  |  Hongcun

Kunming                |  Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Beijing                   |  Great wall

Images from the past

China Photo Tour

Itinerary of the China Photo Tour

Day 1  – Arrival in Shanghai

Arrive in Shanghai and transfer to our hotel. We meet at the hotel lobby at 5 pm for a group dinner. Afterward, we would go out to photograph the Bund in the evening. Shanghai, which means, “go to the sea” in Chinese, is a city of 16 million that remembers its hallucinating history. Divided in half by the Huangpu River into Puxi (west of the Huangpu) and Pudong (east of the Huangpu), Shanghai’s story is one of the millions made and mirages lost. Pried open by British guns in the First Opium War (1840-1842 A.D.), this once sleepy fishing and weaving village gained notoriety as the “Paris of the East” as a colonial city of commerce, vice, money, and political intrigue. More recently, Shanghai has benefited the most from China’s economic reforms, rapidly rising as the shining “Pearl of the Orient.”

Shanghai Broadway Mansions Hotel Riverside Room ***** (welcome D)

Day 2 – Shanghai to Guilin

Fly to Guilin in the early morning, we photograph the sunset.

Yangshuo Changfeng Green Water Hotel **** (B, L, D)

Day 3+4 – Yangshuo

In the following days of our Photo tour China we will photograph the cormorant and fisherman model on the Li River, which is considered by many as one of the most beautiful rivers in China. You may feel as though you are idling along a corridor of landscape paintings of limestone pinnacles set against terraced rice fields and picturesque villages. Private photo session – A straw or Palm bark-made raincoat dressed fisherman, cormorants, gas lamp, and bamboo raft. We also will climb some mountains for beautiful sunrise and sunset pictures – a panoramic view for Karst Mountain from on top of a Karst Mountain. Xingping is an ancient town near Yangshuo. As we sit on the deck of the boat, it will seem as if we are viewing one scroll painting after another. This is territory that has inspired Chinese artists of all sorts for thousands of years. Over thousands of years, Xingping remains its Ming (1368-1644 AD) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD) style old architectures and the original town layout. At the dock, you can get a picture for the immortal scenery which can be seen on the back of the RMB 20 notes. We also will visit Fuli Fishing Town for the photogenic local market. On this road, we can see all kinds of orchards and fields: sugarcane, rice, mandarin orange, grapefruit, orange, mango, etc. And you can photograph en route. Generally speaking, we take 2-3 hours rest after lunch or early sunrise photo session, before we go out again for the sunset photo session.

Yangshuo Changfeng Green Water Hotel **** (B, L, D)

Day 5Guilin to Huangshan

After the morning photographing session, we fly to Hangzhou by SC4646 (1240/1555), we transfer to the train station and take the train to Huangshan. Another big Highlight our China Photo Tour.

Huangshan, which means Yellow Mountain, has been a well-known destination for scholars, poets, and the occasional recluse, all seeking personal inspiration and enlightenment – when you visit you will easily appreciate why. Situated in the southern portion of the agriculturally rich Anhui Province and bordering Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces, the picturesque Huangshan has long been effusively described as “awesome,” “a wonderland” and “Heaven on Earth.” The formation of the remarkable peaks and breathtakingly sharp precipices has been attributed to the many thousands of years of geological activity on the imposing granite mountains, creating the astounding natural wonder visible today. Yellow Mountain is the sister national park of Yosemite. Tonight, we will prepare a daypack for you to repack. We will store our big luggage in the hotel, only bring the camera gear, laptop, and a daypack of cloth and other stuff you might need for four nights.

Huangshan International Hotel **** (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Hongcun and Huangshan

Early this morning, we’ll drive 1 hour to Hongcun, a UNESCO World Heritage Site housing typical South Anhui architecture (one of the most photogenic villages in China). The town is built along the banks of Nan Lake — a fine place for photographs of its traditional architecture. After lunch, we then drive to reach the foothill of Huangshan. We will ascend the eastern side of Huangshan by cable car. On the way walk down to the hotel, we have an afternoon photo session (last afternoon sidelight). If time permits, we walk around 45 minutes to Purple Cloud Peak for sunset shooting.

Huangshan Beihai Hotel **** (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Top of the Mountain

We photograph Huangshan on top of the mountain for sunrise and sunset photo session.

Huangshan Beihai Hotel **** (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Huangshan to Kunming

After sunrise photo session and breakfast, we descend the Huangshan. We take the high sped train to Hangzhou, then transfer to Hangzhou Airport and fly to Kunming by CA1753 (1600/1930).

“South of the Clouds” is the literal meaning of Yunnan, and stretching from the high Tibetan Plateau down to the subtropical climes bordering Southeast Asia, it is an amazingly diverse place. Located at the crossroads of Tibet, China, and Southeast Asia, it is home to a mix of ethnic groups – 25 of China’s 55 ethnic minorities and making up 30% of the province’s population – from Naxi and Tibetan to Dai, Yi, and Hani.

Kunming Best Yue Hang Airport Hotel ***** (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Kunming to Yuanyang

This morning on our China Photo Tour, we drive 7-8 hours south to little know wonderful rice Terrace in Yuanyang, the New UNESCO world heritage site in June 2013.

Ailao Mountain is located in the southeast of Yunnan province, and it is 150 km to the Vietnam border. Hani and Yi people spent hundreds of years cultivating 10,000 hectares of rice terrace along the mountain slope. Some of the slopes have more than hundreds of layers of the terrace. Every late October to next March, the terrace is full of water. The good morning and afternoon light turns the watery terrace into magic blue, red, silver, and golden. In the late 1980s, the beautiful Yuanyang was getting known to the outside world. A French photographer’s sunset rice terrace award-winning picture was regarded as one of seven world nature landscape discoveries of that year. However, as the remote location and the mountain roads, Yuanyang still remains Hani and Yi people’s original lifestyle, and it is one of the best kept beautiful places in China. Yuanyang is a photographers’ heaven and familiar to serious photographers, but still strange to a lot of Chinese tourists. It is really the art of land, the sculpture of land, and the real artist is Hani people! As a saying among the intrepid travelers: If you are an intrepid traveler and missed Yuanyang, Yuanyang will pity you. If you are a photographer and missed Yuanyang, God will pity you. Like a lot of other ethnic minorities, Hani people also love silver. Women use a silver coin as the costume knots. Every piece of rice terrace is too small for any machine, Hani and Yi people keep the most primitive agriculture way. Buffalo and mule are their best helpers. Although there are more modern high buildings in the villages today, they still use the thatch roof like their traditional thatch houses. During the Chinese New Year month, most young people return home, so the banquet festival is the most crowded moment for the village. Every year, 30 male volunteers from 30 families will help to make the biggest village banquet. From the 1500 meter-elevation town 27 km up to the 1900 meter-elevation Duoyishu (and another 12 km beyond), there are more than 10 easy-access shooting spots along the road for us making the gorgeous pictures. Longshuba is 5 km close to the town and full of algae to turn the watery terrace into the red. Qingkou, the unique Hani village with thatch-roof houses was surrounded by rice terraces. Bada (includes Quanfuzhuang, Malizhai, and Luomadian) is the hugest terrace area with 1,000 hectares. The hundreds of layers of rice terrace along the slope from the 2000 meter-elevation mountaintop down to Mali Ricer valley. Shengcun County is the market places and a nice sunrise spot for rice terrace. Duoyishu is the most beautiful sunrise spot. As the three sides were surrounded by mountains, the clouds sea will pour into the deep valley at sunrise. Laohuzhui (Tiger Mouth) is a classic sunset photographing spot, the high shooting platform provides an Aerial-view photograph.

Yuanyang Shengcun Terrace Hotel *** (B, L, D)

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Day 10+11 – Yuanyang Rice Terrace

During the following two days during our China Photo Tour, we photograph the gorgeous Rice Terrace in the best morning and afternoon light. We also will photograph the local markets and local ethnic minorities.

Yuanyang Shengcun Terrace Hotel *** (B, L, D)

Day 12 – Sunday Market

After sunrise, we drive 2 hours to a Sunday market close to the Vietnam border. Afterward, we drive to Jianshui tonight.

Jianshui Linan Hotel **** (B, L, D)

Day 13 – Jianshui to Beijing

This morning, drive 4 hours to Kunming and take the afternoon flight to Beijing. We will have a famous Peking Roast Duck restaurant for dinner.

Beijing is the capital of imperial China for eight centuries and the capital of China again since 1949. Beijing has a rich history that’s mirrored in its spectacular palaces, temples, and parks. And is the political and cultural heart of China. During the Zhou Dynasty, the military and administrative center was established near present-day Beijing to protect China’s northeastern border and overseas trade between Chinese farmers and the nomadic ancestors of the Mongols and Koreans. The original present-day city layout of Beijing is dated back to the Yuan dynasty, designed and built by Genghis Khan’s grandson, Kublai Khan in the 1270s. Emperor Yongle officially moved the Ming capital back to Beijing in 1421. The emperor would have a huge impact on Beijing, he gave the city its current name, which means Northern Capital, and rebuilt it on a chessboard pattern that survives to this day. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s shackled to the past. Quite the contrary, Beijing is a vibrant international capital that’s moving toward the future at hyper-speed. The city’s population of about 14 million is also diverse. Wizened men with pet songbirds share the streets with laptop-toting executives and foreign investors with migrants from the countryside.

Beijing CITIC Airport Hotel **** (B, L, D)

Day 14 – Great Wall Jinshanling

Depart for home

This morning, we drive to visit and photograph Great Wall Jinshanling

More than 2,500 years old, the Chinese built this impressive fortification to protect their civilization from the unruly northern tribes. The Great Wall snakes its way across northern China, from the Yellow Sea, and past the Gobi Desert for some 6,000km and is the most famous symbol of China. Though the underlying architecture dates from the Ming Dynasty, the original plan for the Great Wall and some of its construction date back to the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC).

Beijing CITIC Airport Hotel **** (B, L, D)

Day 15 –  Beijing downtown exploration or fly home

Now our Photo tour China comes to en end. Beijing downtown exploration on your own or fly home by hotel shuttle bus to the airport. (B)

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China Photo tour

US$ 6590


December 2 – 16, 2020

December 1 – 15, 2021


15 days/14 nights

Photographic themes:

Landscape, villages, mountains, culture, people,






Yellow Mountains



Yuanyang Rice Terraces


Great wall


  • Transfer from/to airport upon arrival and departure
  • Individual airport transfer (Shanghai Pudong Airport / Beijing Capital Airport): USD 90 per car transfer (1 or 2 passengers), USD 100 per van
  • Accommodation as specified in the mentioned hotels
  • Full Board – Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • drinking water, soft drinks during meals as noted on the itinerary
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary in AC vehicle
  • All admissions and activity expenses as noted on the itinerary
  • Includes flight tickets with air tax:
    • Shanghai – Guilin
    • Guilin – Hangzhou
    • Hangzhou – Huangshan (high-speed train)
    • Huangshan – Hangzhou (high-speed train)
    • Hangzhou – Kunming
    • Kunming – Beijing
  • One English speaking tour guide for the entire tour
  • Professional Photographic Guide Tim Vollmer
  • All admissions and activity expenses as noted on the itinerary

Not included:

  • International Airfare
  • Alcohol
  • Travel insurance, health insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any site, etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary)
  • What is not mentioned as included

Getting there:

You will organize your own travel to Shanghai and from Beijing.

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Photography Instructor for the China Photo Tour

Tim Vollmer

Photo of Tim Vollmer, Tim vollmer Photography
CEO & Founder

Tim has devoted his life to photography. Photography has been his long-held hobby and great passion. Tim has always felt drawn to the power and beauty he finds in nature. Tim has been leading photo tours and workshops in Iceland and many different countries over the years. He has had the world as his workplace. He is Photographing everything from the dramatic landscape in Iceland, to the native people in the remote corners of the world and the culture that is unique to each country.

His journeys have taken him around the world in pursuit of memorable travel experiences and the creation of compelling images. His work has been featured in international publications. His images and stories are shared on various internet outlets. As a driven artist, professional, entrepreneur, and adventurer, Tim is eager to share his passion, knowledge in photography, and travel through the tours he designed on his own, or through his partnership with professional photographers from around the globe. Tim and his family lived 11 years in Iceland. Now they are based in the Czech Republic.

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