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Yangshuo and Longji Photography Tour

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1: Day 1 Arrive in Yangshuo
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Your private guide will meet you outside the arrival hall at the airport. A professionally-chauffeured driver and private vehicle will take you direct to Yangshuo. The rest of the day after check-in is yours to venture out.


  1. The wide Li River with towered mountains seen from Yangshuo Bridge is picturesque in the dawn and at the night.
  2. West Street comes alive at the night. The cozy café, the interesting handicrafts, and the skilled painters can be your photography creations.
Day 2: The Li River Bend’s Morning and the Fishing Man Photography Tour
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The early bird catches the worm – be up before dawn to capture the sunrise! It will be a 20 minute climb up Xianggong Mountain to photograph the breathtaking sunrise at the place where Li River runs as a right-angled bend.

After the photography creation at Xianggong Mountain, you will visit a ‘non-commercialized’ ancient village: Langzi Ancient Village in Gaotian Town is an ancient Zhuang village built in 1668. You will see some ancient buildings and a battery. A good place to photography and learn about ancient constructions in Southern China. The simplicity of the locals, the ancient-styled dwellings, and the peaceful countryside life will give you inspirations for great photography.

In the afternoon, you will be driven to Xingping Ancient Town to get another photography highlight: the rose sunset (pray for a cooperative weather) and the evening a fishing scene on Li River, with a bamboo fishing boat, a cozy gas lamp, an experienced fishing man, and several ospreys.

Day 3: The Early Morning at the Most Picturesque Section of Li River
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Another early-began day for sunrise or misty morning on the Li River. Accompanied with your private guide, you will be transferred by a bamboo raft from Xingping Town to Xialong Bay (下龙湾), the essence section of Li River, including the location of the 20 yuan banknote. The boatman will also pose as your model if you want to photograph morning fishing scenes.

Next photography place is Xingping Ancient Town, a time-honored town developed from a small fishing village. There you can feel the simple fishing life and appreciate the ancient dwellings built with the Ming and Qing dynasties’ style.

To capture the sunset at the end of the day, your guide will take you to Xiaomian Mountain (Small Face Mountain) to shoot the magnificent sunset. On the way to 20 yuan banknote, you will climb up to the side of the mountain. Stand on the shoot place, you will view the whole mountain on the note and photography it from a different angle.

If the weather condition does not allow you to get a sunset shot, we will be driven to Yangshuo Town to enjoy the colorful night life.

Day 4: Fuli Bridge and Longji Terraced Fields Photography Tour
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Have a good rest this morning and enjoy a no-hurry breakfast. Today you will visit Fuli Bridge with an over 600-year history. At the upper reach of the Yulong River (Meeting Dragon River), photographers can get some photos of Fuli Bridge across the river surrounded by Guilin’s karst landscape. You can shoot some water buffalos and goats eating grass near the river. Standing on the bridge, you will have a grand view of Yangshuo’s countryside.

Later you will be driven to Dazhai Village of Longji Terraced Fields, one of the most fantastic scenery in Guilin. Dazhai Village, also known as Jinkeng Village is the best-preserved area with Zhuang and Yao minorities. Prepare for hiking for 2-3 hours for all angles of marvelous rice terraced fields with local minority houses.

Day 5: Shoot Sunrise in Dazhai Village and Yao Minority Family Visit

If the weather condition allows you to shoot the amazing sunrise, you will get up early to shoot this sunrise scenery. You will get some photos of magnificence with mist-shrouded mountains. The large-scale rice terraced fields with the sunrise is stunning. Yao and Zhuang minority villages are also highlights. Walk down along the fields after the breakfast, you can continue to shoot the terraced fields with different angles. The Yao and Zhuang minority villages composed of wooden houses are also highlights. Don’t miss the unique Zhuang minority dwellings in the village, especially in September and October when the locals hang lots of red peppers and golden corncobs under the roofs.

Visit a local minority family and learn how to make oil tea (youcha /yoh-chaa/), which is a snack of minority origin, particularly the Yao. It can quench thirst and cure rheumatism in humid mountain areas. Interact with local people who have lived there for generations.

After you finish your photography in the rice terraces, you will be transferred back to Guilin City. If you are still flying high, you can continue your photography experience with Guilin’s night scenes along the 2 Rivers and 4 Lakes!

Day 6: Guilin Departure

As your tour concludes, your guide will take you to the airport and assist you with check-in to ensure that there is no stress for your departure. We trust that that you have enjoyed you time in Guilin and we look forward to serving you again.

Trip Notes
1. The Best Time to Photograph Guilin
The suggested time for photography is from May to October. During this period daytime is longer and the temperature is hot/warm with good light. November to February is the low water season.

2. Guilin's Best Sunset Locations
Yangshuo: Aishan Bridge, Gongnong Bridge and Camel Crossing the River
Xiping: Nine Horses Fresco Hill, Xianggong Mountain, Wulong Spring, Small Face Mountain and Big Face Mountain

3. Guilin's Best Sunrise Locations
Xingping: Laozhai Mountain, Xianggong Mountain, Yellow Cloth Shoal, Xialong
Yangshuo: Yangshuo Bridge, Meet Dragon River

4. Xianggong Mountain is a great mountain for sunrises and sunsets. It takes 1.5h to drive from Guilin city center, and 40min from Yangshuo Town. The sunrise is about 05:30 in Jun-Aug, 06:00 in Sep-Oct, and 06:30 in Dec. There are a lot of steps you must climb up to the viewpoint. Our guide will prepare flashlights for you in advance.

5. Small Face Mountain is a great place for sunset photography at any season in Xingping.  Sunset is around 17:30 in summer and 16:30 in winter. The path to the shooting area is difficult to walk in rainy days.

6. Fuli Bridge: Suitable for shooting at any time. Rarely interrupted by tourists, you can take photos of this ancient bridge with its reflection in the water. There are more chances to come across water buffalos or ducks in this fantastic karst landscape between 16:00 and17:00.

7. Sunrise comparison between Reflection of Yellow Cloth Shoal and Xialong
Reflection of Yellow Cloth Shoal is one of the highlights of the Li River and one of the best places for Guilin's karst landscape sunrise. Compared with Xialong, the sunrise is much better in Reflection of Yellow Cloth Shoal. However, the morning clouds in Xialong are fantastic. So we will take you to photograph the sunrise first in Reflection of Yellow Cloth Shoal, and then enjoy morning colorful clouds in Xialong.

Reach Reflection of Yellow Cloth by a motorized bamboo raft for 30min. Sunrise starts at 05:00 in summer and 06:30 in winter. September is the best time for the sunrise.
8. Longji Rice Terraced Fields Photography Tips
Jinkeng (Dazhai) Terraced Fields is better preserved with more capacious views and has much less tourists and is less commercial than Ping’an Village. The golden rice is cut later than Ping’an Village during China’s National Day holiday.

In spring
End of March, the best time to shoot numerous cole flowers in the terraced fields.
End of April to Beginning of May, the fields turn a beautiful red color because of the fertilizer the farmers use..

In summer
Beginning of June, mirrored fields with water are the most impressive photos of Longji. Especially, Jun.8-10 is the annual Spring Plow Day of the local Zhuang and Yao minorities. If you are lucky to join the festival, you will see dozens of celebrations but few visitors.

Jul-Aug is the best time for viewing the rice terraced fields. The fields turn a verdant green with many clouds in the clear blue sky.

In autumn
Golden terraced fields are fabulous during China’s National Day holiday. Although we don’t recommend visiting China during the period, yet it’s the best time to photograph the countless yellow rice terraces. The rice stalks  don’t turn golden before National Day and is quickly cut after the holiday. Rice in Dazhai Village is cut later than Ping’an Village area. Morning and dusk are better periods for photos in October.

In winter
Snow covers the fields during China’s Spring Festival holiday. It’s the best chance to get snowy terraced fields photos and experience local minority culture.

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