Jan 20th - 30th 2019 - £3,895 (3 places left)

China Water Town 2019 Photography Holiday

Our trips to China offer an experience which simply cannot be achieved without local knowledge and local translators. This holiday is all about seeing the authentic side of China and being shown how best to document everything you witness with stunning photography. For 2019 we are offering a brand new itinerary. Starting in Shanghai, we then move on to some of China's picturesque ancient water towns. Zhangjaijie is our next destination, and with four days to explore the area you'll get right under the skin of this unique and breathtaking landscape. 

We will ease you into the orient by staying in a luxury hotel in the developed area of Pudong which offers world class urban landscape opportunities. We will eat at traditional fine restaurants to sample the best of Shanghaiese food. We then travel a couple of hours into rural China where we largely leave the 21st century behind and transport ourselves into the living past. We will spend a night in each of three ancient water towns which have been largely unchanged over hundreds of years. They are like a Venice of the Orient with their network of canals, alleyways, and footbridges. There are no roads inside these walled towns, which gives them a charm and atmosphere rarely found anywhere these days. One of the towns has an ancient Chinese water garden which offers yet more photo opportunities.

We then head to Zhangjiajie (Jang-Jar-Jee-a) China’s first National Park and location for the Hollywood film Avatar. This is truly one of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes, with vertical columns of limestone rising hundreds of metres into the air from a deep canyon floor. We will explore the views from both above and below, and there is a good chance of snow covering the peaks during our visit which makes it even more special.

Finally we head back to the modern world for our last night in Shanghai before flights depart the following day. You can choose to extend your stay in Shanghai if you wish, or you could opt to travel onto Beijing or Hong Kong for a few extra days.

As with all our trips, we will have two professional photography guides to ensure everyone gets one-to-one tuition time if required. We also have a full time translator with us to allow us to mingle with the locals.

This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have a unique and authentic travel experience which will stay with you forever.

  • Duration - 10 nights
  • Dates - Jan 20th - 30th 2019
  • Price - £3,895 (includes all accommodation, all meals and drinks, all transport in china, and all entry fees).
  • Group size - 9 (max)
  • Suitable for all levels of photographer
  • A good level of fitness is required

For full details and itinerary of this trip, please contact us to receive a copy of our PDF brochure.

Watch the sunset from the top of the Great Wall
Photograph the Great Wall in autumn colour
Our accommodation at the Great Wall (visible on the mountain in the background)
Get great reportage shots
Meet the locals, even inside their own houses.
Explore the Forbidden City
The Forbidden City
Float down the Lijiang River on a bamboo raft
See one of China's most impressive landscapes
Walk around the old hutongs of Beijing
We travel by overnight train into the heart of China
Learn how to take photo with impact.
  • "I have so many amazing memories of the places we visited and the local people we met along the way - interactions that wouldn't have happened on a normal tour."
    Lynn (China 2015)
  • "I think Marcus & Harry make a great team and I would happily recommend you to my friends. You'll be seeing me on future trips."
    Phil (Dolomites 2016)
  • "It was great to have quality time in each location and not have to hurry around."
    Adele (China 2015)
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