China 2017

Day 1: Guests will land today at the Beijing Capital International Airport and be transported to the XYZ hotel throughout the day to check in. As guests continue to get settled, we will have an informal discussion late in the afternoon with master photographer about what everyone is trying to accomplish in their photography, subject matters, styles, and techniques. We will then have a celebratory welcome dinner to get to know other guests as well as the authentic Chinese dish.

Day 2: Following an early breakfast at the hotel, we will begin our first day of shooting in Tiananmen Square. We will then explore the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. Around dusk, we will return to the hotel for dinner which will be followed by discussions on photographs taken thus far.
Day 3: On the 2nd day of shooting, we will journey to the Great Wall of China to take panoramic photos of this ancient structure. We will shoot in multiple locations here and simultaneously get some exercise. We will again meet up in the hotel following dinner to discuss photographs and direction.
Day 4: Before sunrise, we will venture very early to the Temple of Heaven, best seen this early in the morning. The ‘Old Beijing’ will be experienced here as the temple’s parks are an iconic symbol of traditional Beijing built in 1420. After grabbing some sort of Chinese brunch, we will then venture to the Summer Palace and end the day in Houhai for some yummy bites and outdoor swimming.
Day 5: Early morning, we will take a bullet train into Huangshan where students will be able to capture photos of China’s natural beauty. Sunsets, natural springs, granite peaks, and must-see views are all of what makes this place one of the most coveted by photographers in China. We will explore the Yellow Mountains and the village of Hongcun. This country town is famed for its Ming and Qing architecture and beautiful autumn colors. Following a relaxing dinner, we will take a late night train to Suzhou.
Day 6: Early morning we will check into the XYZ hotel in Suzhou where we will stay for 2 nights to document this beautiful large water city. Located on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and the shore of Lake Tai, Suzhou has an abundant display of sites with historic interest. The city is adorned in lush canals, stone bridges, pagodas, and intricately designed gardens, making it a must see destination in the country of China.
Day 7: Today we will take a day trip to a smaller, tranquil water village called Xitang, the “Venice of China”, via a bullet train. No roads exist in this town, and the village depends on water for transportation. Following dinner, we will return back to our hotel in Suzhou and get some rest for our trip into Shanghai.
Day 8: We will take an early morning train into Shanghai for the last destination of our trip. After checking into the XYZ hotel around lunchtime, we will spend the day exploring the markets of Shanghai, such as Dongtai Road, a chockablock stretch of antiques and curio shops off Xitang Road. We will have traditional Xiaolong Bao soup dumplings for dinner. S
Day 8: Today, guests will be encouraged to venture as they please, but a group discussion will be held in the lobby of the hotel just before supper. As Shanghai is a vertical city, we will hold our farewell dinner at the Vue Bar to share experiences, a restaurant which offers tremendous views of both the historic waterfront and the Pudong, the futuristic business district on the other side of the Huangpu River.
Day 9: Final day where, depending flight schedul, participants will be on their own exploring and creating their own photography. We also encouraged you to extend your stay in China and continue to experience the amazing country.
To hold your space, we require a non-refundable deposit of $1,000.00 USD