CHINA Workshop Tag

Fang Zhou is a dynamic and bright Chinese woman who has lived in Beijing all her life. Very few people now her country the way she does and she loves to capture it on her unique poetic way.

In university she was a student of Chinese literature, then after graduating worked as a journalist for a Chinese language newspaper in the capital. Fang eventually made the transition to photography when she discovered that it was a better language for her to describe and communicate with the world.

Over the past five years she has focused her passion on portrait, editorial, travel and live performance photography. She cover assignments around the globe for some of the world’s leading magazines and national companies. In 2015 she became a signed
photographer with Getty Images.

When she is not shooting she loves many forms of sports, baking, painting and spending time with her cat.

Client list:
Wall Street Journal, GQ, Travel and Leisure, COLORS magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Esquire, LOHAS, CBN weekly, BMW, Insider, Time Out, Beijinger, Women’s Health, Image Source, Ministry of Public Health of China , China Railway Group, CRI.

“I’m from the Earth. I take pictures for my living and for fun. I’ve lived in Beijing all my life. I live in Dongcheng district and I’ve been here forever. I can’t even think about another district to live in Beijing… everything happens here!”
Fang Zhou

China Itinerary
Day 1: Guests will land today at the Beijing Capital International Airport and be transported to the chosen 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. 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. After checking into our 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.
Day 9: Next morning guests are encouraged to venture on their own capturing images as they would when traveling overseas. After lunch group will met Fang at designated area where she will take you to some less traveled areas of this busy metropolis. Early evening there will be a group discussion in the lobby of the hotel. Afterwards a farewell supper.
Day 10: Final day, depending of flight schedule, participants will be ontheir 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

Terms & Conditions

Fees Included:

  • Workshop fees
  • All Lodging is included.  A single room is subject to availability for an additional supplement fee.
  • All breakfast and two group dinners with one alcoholic drink per participants
  • All transportation in the host country related to the itinerary.
  • Local guide/translator or assistant photographer.

Fees Not Included:

  • Flights to the workshops host country.
  • All paper work/doc/visa compliance with the nation we are traveling too (Cuba trips all docs are included)
  • Any airport taxes due
  • Extra luggage weight
  • Meals outside of breakfast or the two group meals.
  • Travel/cancellation insurance
  • Any medical health care insurance.
  • Any tips for an assistant photographer, translators drivers, bellboy, mini bar or any food items or drinks consumed from your hotel/house room.
  • Any optional event that requires entry fees such as: night club, musical event, sports venue, night clubs or any additional cost not included in the itinerary.

What to bring

At least two sets of DSLR camera bodies with five or more memory cards of 2GB-4GB or larger. Also one wide-angle lens, a 50mm or 85mm lens, a telephoto, a light tripod to shoot during low lights or at night time and any other photographic tools that you may need during the workshop. Also bring extra batteries, a charger and your laptop to download your images for review & positive criticism. All participants must be able to download and backup you work since each day will be very intense and the instructors won’t have the time for that. I also encourage you to bring a backup system to save your day’s work or in the event that your memory cards fills up. It could be done in your laptop, DVD, a small external HD or flash drives. I can give you tips as to the best external HD to get.

There won’t be any spare computers to be used, so please bring your laptops with you and PLEASE be very familiar with all your personal equipment.


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