Oct 18 - Nov 1, 2020  Register now »

Come with me and Beth Ruggiero-York as we spend two weeks exploring some of the most spectacular sites in all of China including the modern ambiences of Beijing and Shanghai. We begin our adventure in Beijing which includes a visit to The Great Wall.  We’ll fly to Guilin, home of the jagged mountain range that Popular Photography named as one of the top twenty sites in the world to photograph.  Then on to the Longji (Dragons Back) terraced rice fields. Next, in Yangshuo we photograph the reflections of mountain peaks in the Li River and visit a fishing village. We then fly to Shanghai - some free time and a night photography session.  We next take a bullet train (first class seats) to Huangshan with its own unique mountain peaks.  Finally, a bullet train back to Shanghai for another stay.  We've planned some time on your own and some street photography too.  On November 1, transfer to the airport for your return home (or wherever you’ve planned to go) with your many images and remembrances of this wonderful tour.    

Your co-leaders are experienced instructors.  George has 60 years behind the viewfinder and has taught for over 20 years.  Beth teaches photo workshops throughout the world.  She started taking tour groups to China in 1984 and speaks fluent Chinese. She is the author of Fun in the Dark: A Guide to Successful Night Photography. See her bio here

This is a “turn-key” tour.  It includes all lodging, meals (except on arrival day in Beijing) and transportation within China -  two flights, two bullet trains (first class seats) and all ground transportation.   This is a great time of the year to visit China. Come join us.


October 18:  Leave home
October 19:  Arrive in Beijing where you'll be met by private guide and transferred to the
                     Regent Hotel. Rest!
October 20:  Beijing:  Today we visit ancient city sites – Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen
                     Square and the Forbidden City.  Enjoy an imperial dinner at Fangshan
                     Restaurant at Beihai Park.  Unique opportunities at each location for
                     street/cultural photography and architecture as well.
October 21:  Drive to the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall and spend the day
                     exploring and photographing this less-visited section of the wall. Return
                     to Beijing for a Roast Beijing Duck dinner at Xiangmanlou Restaurant
October 22:  Beijing/Guilin/Longsheng:
Fly to Guilin, home of the famous jagged
                     mountains and one of Popular Photography magazine’s top 20 sites in
                     the world to photograph.  Upon arrival in Guilin, we take a scenic drive
                     to the Longji rice terraces of Longsheng County, our home for the next
                     two days. Rest of day free to explore.  Over the Cloud Hotel.
October 23:  Longji:  We photograph sunrise from the tops of mountains covered with
                     rice terraces and visit minority villages.
October 24:  Longji/Yangshuo:  Free time to photograph in Longji.  After lunch, we drive
                     to Yangshuo, across the Li River from Guilin.  Yangshuo Resort Hotel
October 25:  Yangshuo/Xingping/Yangshuo:  Drive to Xialong near Xianggong Mountain
                     in the early morning to take pictures of the Li River reflecting the mountains
                     before it gets busy with boats disturbing the scene. Grab a bird’s eye-view of
                     the Li River from atop Xianggong Mountain.  We make a stopover at a fishing
                     village on the way back to the hotel.  Take a short rest break at hotel before
                     driving to Xingping in the afternoon to photograph sunset in Xingping.
October 26:  Guilin/Shanghai:  Transfer to airport for our flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival
                     in Shanghai, visit the Yu Garden, a traditional Ming Dynasty Chinese garden.
                     Rest of day free to explore and photograph this dynamic city. Visit the Bund
                     and photograph the Shanghai skyline in the evening.
                     Garden Hotel in the old French Quarter.
October 27:  Shanghai/Huangshan:  Free morning in Shanghai. Transfer to train station
                     to take bullet train to Huangshan. Upon arrival in Huangshan, meet local
                     guide and transfer to Crowne Plaza Hotel in the city. 
October 28:  Huangshan:  Transfer to cable car station to get to the top of the mountain.
                     Huangshan (Yellow Mountains) was made famous in traditional Chinese
                     watercolor paintings. Fog often moves among the mountains and
                     Huangshan pine trees grow out of the sides the granite peaks. Photograph
                     famous spots such as White Goose Ridge, Black Tiger Pine,
                     Beginning-to-Believe Peak, Dawn Pavilion, Refreshing Terrace, Lion Peak,
                     Flying-over Rock, and Cloud-Dispelling Pavilion.  Xihai Hotel.
October 29:  Huangshan:  Photograph the sunrise and panoramic views of the mountains.
                     Rest of day exploring Huangshan and photographing the mountains.
October 30: Huangshan/Shanghai:  We return to Shanghai via bullet train. Garden Hotel
October 31: Shanghai:  Drive to visit the water town of Zhujiajiao. Street shooting at
                    various old sections of the city in the afternoon.
November 1: Sadly, we bid each other Zàijiàn as we transfer to Shanghai Airport for
                     return home later that day. 

maximum participants: 12 

instructors: George Theodore, Beth Ruggiero-York

price:  $8995 per person Double Occupancy               Single Supplement: $1800
includes: Thirteen nights lodging with daily breakfast, all other meals and transportation
                  within China, all transfers with luggage assistance in each City, Coach Class air
                  ticket (all domestic flights), Bullet Train First Class seats, English-speaking
                  guided tours with admission as indicated.
not included: Transportation to/from home, personal items, museums and attractions
                           (unless noted),  alcoholic beverages, telephone and internet charges, hotel
                           charges beyond lodging, gratuities for van drivers, bellboy assistance or
                           local guides (we'll give you a range before our departure date), meals on or
                           prior to October 19 (arrival in Beijing), passport and visa fees and travel
                           insurance (which is highly recommended).

payment terms: Non-refundable $1500 deposit at registration (check or PayPal)
                             50% of balance due on or before October 1, 2019 (check only)
                             Remaining balance due on or before March 1, 2020 (check only)
                             For Single Supplements, one-half will be added to each payment
                             Small Group Surcharge: Eight participants or fewer  - $500 per person
refunds:  Between October 1, 2019 and March 1, 2020: 50% of October 1, 2019 payment
                  Due to commitments we need to make - some non-refundable - there are no
                  refunds after March 1, 2020.  Travel Insurance options and comparisons can
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