China photography tour, Guangxi & Hunan
Off the beaten track Chinaís ancient towns and wild landscapes are the destination for this small group photography tour, with tuition and support from two professional photographers.
Small group travel unlimited photography tuition no single supplements ZhangJiaJie - Avatar Mountains rice terraces of LongJi FengHuang - Ancient City of the Phoenix Yangshuo cormorant fishermen street photography landscape photography
£4900 excluding flights
No single supplements! Unlimited photography advice and coaching from UK professional photographers.
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1 Reviews of China photography tour, Guangxi & Hunan
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 28 Aug 2018 by Phil Duddles
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
The rock formation at Zhangjiajie national park are very spectacular and stunning, the traditional Chinese Village Phoenix is a bit specail. Andreea and Matt are very attentive and they certainly look after you on the vacation, and even when I extended my trip to Beijing they kept the group together and we went on number of outings.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
I would do the trip in the next few years before the destinations become more touristy and enjoy the scenery which is quite special.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Most definitely, we stopped at local hotels, eat in local restruants and drank the local beer, I must thank Andreea and Matt for this.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Very enjoyable, it would be extremely interesting to see Zhangjiajie in the Autumn and Winter which should be quite spectacular.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe only run a couple of photography tours each year and we have a maximum group size of 10, thus keeping the environmental impact of international flights to a minimum. We donít include flights in our package to allow participants all over the world to make the best and most cost and environmentally effective travel arrangements for themselves (e.g. combining with other trips planned in the same area).
Our China trip includes locations that are UNESCO-protected sites, one a national park and one a historic ancient town center, both ticketed for access, and we include these fees in our tour price, thus contributing to their preservation and maintenance.
As photographers of many genres including wildlife, we only work with whatís presented to us and we highly discourage any intrusive interaction with animals to provoke a reaction, which we consider an unethical and unfair practice. We guide our students to adopt the same policy.
All our in-country travel is over land, therefore reducing carbon emissions generated by flights, and we make use of local resources such as guides, translators etc. As our entire experience is based in as much as possible on staying, eating and shopping local, we stay close to the source of food as most of this will be locally grown and produced. We offer vegetarian alternatives and the Chinese diet is typically very low-dairy anyway, contributing to reduced CO2 emissions. Inside the locations we are visiting, most of the travel is very environmentally friendly such as walking, electric buses, rowing boats etc. Some of the locations we stay in provide water bottle refill options and we encourage our participants to bring their own bottles and use these facilities, to contribute as much as we can to addressing the single plastic use issue which is a well-known problem in Asia.
PeopleWe purchase our gifts and souvenirs from family businesses, local markets as well as organised local charities promoting welfare of local residents and we never haggle! While doing so, we are very mindful not to inadvertently encourage child labour, as we believe all children should be in schools, not selling on the streets, as hard as the realities on the ground may be. We encourage our photography tour participants to adopt the same practices. This is embedded in our tour structure where we aim to stay and eat local, visit local markets and stay in family-run accommodation.
For every tour we run we employ local drivers, guides and translators as necessary, to assist with any language, social and cultural information, as well as offer first-hand local knowledge and thus raising awareness of culture and customs. We actively encourage staying, eating and shopping local, and not using international chains, and we arrange all accommodation, travel and meals accordingly and directly at source inasmuch as possible, to maximise value for both our customers and local providers.
While encouraging our customers to be creative and always seek new points of view and ways of creating images, we actively discourage practicing photography that is too intrusive to either people, nature and wildlife, or which depicts social situations in a way that is derogative, insensitive or offensive.
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