Picturesque Guilin & Yangshuo Photography Trip (6D5N)

 

Depart Singapore:

02 Sep 2017 (Saturday)

 

Depart Guilin:

07 Sep 2017 (Thursday)

 

Trip Type:

This is a photography trip Photography

 

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‘East or west, Guilin landscape is best!’ Guilin, which is a name that literally means Sweet Osmanthus, is said to be the most scenic and picturesque city in all of China. Lined by beautiful and unusually shaped karst mountain formations with two crystal-clear rivers running through the city, Guilin is a popular shooting location for shutterbugs.

Nearby Guilin is Yangshuo, a small county that lies southeast of Guilin. Surrounded by karst peaks and bordered on one side by the Li River, Yangshuo is also a popular choice among travelers, not only for photography but also for adventurous activities such as rock climbing and cycling. Yangshuo local delicious specialty food must not be missed as well. With over 1,400 years of history, Yangshuo has a deep traditional culture created by the many diverse ethnic minority groups including Hui, Zhuang, Yao and others.

During this photography trip, you will get to visit beautiful rice terraces, stay in local villages and interact with villagers, shoot beautiful sunrise and sunset over Li River, cruise on Li River, stroll through ancient old towns, watch traditional cormorant fishing with the fisherman and many other activities. You will be rewarded with thousands of picturesque photos at the end of the journey.

So what are you waiting for?

 

Itinerary

Day 1 (02 Sep): Depart Singapore – Arrive Guilin (via Guangzhou)Guilin Ronghu Lake

  • Depart Singapore for our flight to Guilin (桂林).
  • Pick up from Guilin Liangjing International Airport and transfer to hotel in Guilin city.
  • Check in hotel and rest of the night.

Meals provided: -

 

Day 2 (03 Sep): Guilin – Daxu Ancient Town – Dazhai Village – Tiantou Village

  • Daxu ancient townMorning after breakfast, depart around 8.30am and transfer to Daxu ancient town (大墟古镇) from Guilin. The drive will take around 30 mins.
  • Daxu is one of the four biggest and well preserved ancient towns in Guangxi, its history dated back to 2000 years ago. As a busy waterway trade town located beside Li river in ancient China, it played a very important role for businessman which ply between Western and middle mainland China and South-east Asia. Today, there are still many traditional old houses lined up at Daxu ancient town, decorated by the Chinese style red lanterns.
  • After that, drive 3 hours to Dazhai village (大寨) in Longji (Dragon’s Backbone) rice terrace (龙脊梯田) scenic area.
  • Longji (Dragon’s Backbone) rice terraceLunch can be along the way or at Dazhai village where you can try the local Yao people’s dishes such as the bamboo rice, smoked pork with bamboo shoots, various wild vegetables etc..
  • Take the cable car to the mountain top for a lookout of rice terraces in Dazhai. You can shoot the spectacular rice terraces landscape from viewpoint 3.
  • If the weather is good, you can shoot the sunset from here.
  • Then we will hike 1 hour through stone stairs and paved pathway to get to hostel located at the Tiantou village (田头寨) at the opposite mountain range of view point 3.
  • Dinner around 7pm and free time thereafter.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Day 3 (04 Sep): Tiantou Village – Sunrise Shoot – Xiaozhai Village – Water Buffalo & Farmer Shoot – Xianggong Hill

  • Water buffalo & farmerRise early around 5.45am in the morning and take 30 mins walk from guesthouse to the highest view point of Dazhai rice terrace. You can shoot the stunning sunrise above the spectacular rice terraces. There may be mist or sea cloud above the rice terraces. **starting time may change according to weather.
  • After the shoot, back to guesthouse for breakfast.
  • Thereafter, take a 1hr hike from Tiantou village to parking lot through view point 2. The hiking trail is very scenic and peaceful and you can enjoy the beautiful mountain view as well as the rice terraces landscape along the way.
  • View of Li River from Xianggong hill (相公山)Visit Xiaozhai village (小寨), a less visited Yao people’s minority village which has been hidden in the remote mountain area for centuries. Take photos for their typical wooden houses, local people’s daily life, as well as the rice terraces landscape surrounded this charming village.
  • Depart and drive towards Yangshuo. On the way, stop at local Chinese restaurant for lunch.
  • After 2.5 hours drive, there will be a photo session of water buffalo and farmer walking through old stone arch bridges. The surrounded typical Karst peaks, rice fields and water reflection are perfect settings!
  • Stay at a local guesthouse at Hebaoshan hill near to Xianggong hill (相公山).

Meals provided: -

 

Day 4 (05 Sep): Xianggong Hill – Zhouzhai Village – Wuzhi Hill – Li River Cruise – Xingping Ancient Town

  • Sunrise over Li River from Xianggong hillRise early around 5am in the morning and take 25 mins walk from hotel up to the hilltop of Xianggong Hill. From here you can shoot the stunning sunrise photos of Li river landscape.
  • After the shoot, back to guesthouse for breakfast.
  • After breakfast, drive to Zhouzhai village (周寨村) where you can walk around for the bucolic scenery and its nearby rice paddy fields, creeks, rivers, orchards, old stone arch bridge, etc.
  • You can take 20mins to get up to the hilltop of a very beautiful hill named Wuzhi hill (五指山). From there you can overlook the beautiful Karst mountains, villages, fishing ponds and nearby crops fields and river junction.
  • Traditional cormorant fishing Lunch at local restaurant.
  • After lunch, drive 25 mins to Yangdi town (杨堤村) where you will take a 2 hours motorised bamboo boat down the Li River to Xingping. Li River (漓江) is the essential of Guilin landscape. The 83-km-long waterway from Guilin to Yangshuo is like a masterpiece. The landscape is decorated with rolling hills, steep cliffs, fantastic caves, leisurely boats and is lined with bamboo.
  • Arrived in Xingping old town (兴坪古镇) . The old street in Xingping ancient town still remains many well-preserved old houses and constructions. It is a good opportunity for photo shoots while you stroll in this charming old town.
  • In the evening around 4.30pm, shoot the traditional cormorant fishing with sunset beside Li River.
  • Overnight in Xingping.

Meals provided: -

 

Day 5 (06 Sep): Xingping Ancient Town – Fisherman’s Home Shoot – Yulong River – Yangshuo Town

  • Traditional cormorant fishing at sunriseRise early once again at 5.30am to shoot the traditional cormorant fishing photos with sunrise beside the Li River.  The fisherman models will make different poses to cater us to take nice photographs. It is the highlight of this photography trip. It is also a very good test to your photography skill to shoot in this challenging light condition.
  • Back for breakfast at around 9am.
  • You will visit fisherman’s home to do some more shooting.
  • Drive 50 mins to Yulong River (遇龙河), also called the Mini Li River. The scenery along the Yulong River is very charming and tranquil. You can take photos of the old stone-arch bridges, local farmers and kids, water buffalos, orchards and old villages along the Yulong River.
  • Sunset at Yulong RiverLunch at the local farmer’s restaurant.
  • After lunch, drive to more hidden venues along the beautiful Yulong River where you can have plenty of opportunities to shoot more pictures of the beautiful landscape, farmers, local villages and rice paddy fields along the way.
  • At night, relax and stroll along Yangshuo town (阳朔) or go for shopping at the west street.
  • Optional: Watch the Yangshuo light show (印象刘三姐) performed on the Li river.

Meals provided: -

 

Day 6 (07 Sep): Yangshuo – Sunrise Shoot – Huixian Copper Bridge – Guilin Airport – Departure

  • Huixian copper bridgeEarly morning around 5.30am, proceed to Yangshuo bridge for sunrise shoot from over the Li river valley. We can also walk to the riverside and take photos of the Li river reflections and Karst peaks at different angle and position.
  • Back to hotel for breakfast.
  • Depart for Guilin airport.
  • Along the way, stop by Huixian copper bridge (会仙铜桥) at Huixian town. This is a nice shooting spot of the bridge and the reflection, together with the nearby rice paddies, river, villages.
  • Lunch at local restaurant.
  • Drive to Guilin airport for our flight home, bringing back nice memories of Guilin and Yangshou that can last for a long time.

Meals provided: -

 

**Shooting sunrise and sunset depends largely on actual weather condition. Starting and ending time for each day will vary accordingly. Shoot with an open heart.

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price

Twin-Sharing (Price Per Pax)

SGD959.00

Single Pax

SGD1119.00

(Price is for minimum 6 pax to depart. For solo traveller or other group size, contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

Package Inclusions

  • 1 night accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with breakfast at 3-star hotel in Guilin
  • 4 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room at local guesthouse in other areas
  • Airport transfer service in Guilin
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • Entrance fees to scenic spots listed in itinerary
  • English-speaking guide who will provide the best local knowledge and photography instructions
  • Logistics and personnel costs for organizing two traditional cormorant fishing photo sessions in Xingping town
  • Cable car tickets at Longji rice terraces in Dazhai village
  • Li River cruise tickets by bamboo boat

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore – Guilin – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Visa fee (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • All meals (except for breakfast provided by hotel in Guilin on 2nd day morning)
  • Yangshuo light show (CNY238 per ticket)
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, mineral water, liquors, laundry, shopping, cigarettes, telephone calls and etc.)
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tips or gratuities to driver/guide/fisherman
  • Optional tours and activities

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Flight cost and information as at 01 Mar 2017. Subject to availability and change.

 

02 Sep 2017

Singapore to Hong Kong:

Cathay Pacific (CX 710) 0800hrs – 1200hrs

 

Hong Kong to Guilin:

Cathay Dragon (CX 5700) 1410hrs – 1535hrs

 

 

07 Sep 2017

Guilin to Hong Kong:

Cathay Dragon (CX 5703) 1630hrs – 1800hrs

 

Hong Kong to Singapore:

Cathay Pacific (CX 715) 2025hrs – 0015hrs (+1)

Note: Arrival back in Singapore on 08 Sep 2017 0015hrs

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and 30kg baggage, excluding miscellaneous): SGD479.00

 

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