Published on: 18th Mar 2016This year's visit to China will be a bit different. With the help of some Chinese photography friends I've put together a photography visit with the sole purpose to go photograph some of the most beautiful landscape sceneries in China - the Xiapu Kelp farms and fishing villages. And I want you to join me.
Fujian is a province on the south east coast of mainland China. It faces the East China Sea to the east, the South China Sea to the south, and the Taiwan Strait to the south east. The coastline is rugged and has many bays and islands.
Our photo tour of 12 days will concentrate on photographing the beauty of this part of China andits people. The tour will start in Hong Kong where we will be picked up at the airport and taken to Shenzhen in Mainland China by taxi. The next day we will travel to Xiapu using the high speed "bullet" train. The 1000 kilometre journey takes about 4 hours 30 minutes!
Xiapu county is located along a stretch of the East China Sea coast, with many harbours and islands.
This will form the main leg of our tour, photographing rural Chinese fishing activities, collecting seaweed, Kelp farming, and the coming in and going of the fishermen in their boats and flat bottomed push boats. The mud flats are constantly changing with the tides.
We will visit many scenes over a 5 day period, sometimes photographing from the cliffs and sometimes close-ups of the locals busy with their daily activities.
A local professional photographer from the Xiapucounty will be our guide for these 5 days, as he knows the area very well (in fact, he supplied me with all the photos of Xiapu in this article)
Within the Xiapu county, but just inland is a very special creek, where people are still farming in the traditional way as it was done 800 years ago.
We will be visiting this creek for one day to photograph the people amongst the trees that was planted by the first settlers of this area.
These Community Housing or ‘Fortresses for Equals’ were built from the 12th to the 19th century. It is normally a round or square 3- to 5-stories high building enclosing all activities of daily life.
A Tulou clan consists of up to 80 families.
This YouTube video will tell you more about the Tulou
The tour will start in Hong Kong and end in Hong Kong.
We will pick you up on Hong Kong Airport and take you via taxi to Shenzhen in Mainland China. The first night as well as the last two nights we will be staying in Shenzhen.
In Shenzhen we will visit Dapeng Fortress (an ancient village) and Dafen Art Village – to photograph and admire the world’s most famous fake artists.
Xiapu is about 1000km from Shenzhen. We will travel with the bullet train from Shenzhen to Xiapu and back (via Longyan). At an average speed of 250 to 300km/h it is about 4 and a half hour’s travel.
All travel costs and meals are included – from the Hong Kong Airport and back to Hong Kong. (Drinks are excluded)
On the way back, if you want to do shopping in Hong Kong, you have the option of buying a special train ticket that allows you to book your luggage in 24 hours before your departure – freeing you from your bag while shopping. This ticket is not included in the tour price as some people may leave earlier than others.Note that this tour is not on the normal tourist routes, so we will be staying in typical “luxury” Chinese hotels and eat local Chinese food.
|1||Friday||17-June||Arrive in Hong Kong. Taxi to Shenzhen. Afternoon and Dinner at O.C.T.|
|2||Saturday||18-June||Train to Xiapu|
|3||Sunday||19-June||Photography in Xiapu|
|4||Monday||20-June||Photography in Xiapu|
|5||Tuesday||21-June||Photography in Xiapu|
|6||Wednesday||22-June||Photography in Xiapu|
|7||Thursday||23-June||Train to longyan|
|8||Friday||24-June||Toulu in Longyan|
|9||Saturday||25-June||Toulu in Longyan|
|10||Sunday||26-June||Train to Shenzhen (Afternoon Free)|
|11||Monday||27-June||Visit Dapen Fortress and Dafen Art Village|
|12||Tuesday||28-June||Taxi to Hong Kong. Shopping/Street photography in Hong Kong and Fly back to South Africa|
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