China is a place that sparks the imagination, full of mystery and intrigue. Every year we set out with a group of photographers to uncover the real side of this enigmatic and fascinating country. Armed with fresh memory cards, charged batteries and a sense of adventure our group of 8 headed off to discover the Charms of China.
The trip started with a stay at a little visited, and unrestored section of the Great Wall. Having a part of this wonder of the human world completely to ourselves is a real privilege, and undoubtedly a highlight for many of our customers. It is a humbling experience knowing you're standing on a structure built by hand over 2,000 years ago. The wall offers endless compositional opportunities, and coupled with the stunning autumn colour that we coincide our visit with means magical imagery.
Following the Great Wall we headed South on an overnight train, which offers a great insight into how people travel around this vast country. It also provides some brilliant photographic opportunity, allowing us to capture real people with perfect filtered light through the train windows.
Our destination was the karst mountain landscape, an amazing geological formation of limestone towers. You can explore these by raft, which we happily did during the midday heat, but the best way to see this landscape is from above. This naturally involves a climb, but luckily the Chinese think of everything and put a staircase in for such a purpose! After the climb up through dense tree cover, breaking out at the top you're greeted with panoramic views, making the effort completely worthwhile.
All our photographers returned with full memory cards, happy memories and an authentic experience of China off the normal tourist route.
You can find a few images from the trip in the slideshow below, but you can find more on our Facebook page.