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xianggong hill at sunrise

2-Day Yangshuo & Rice Terraces Photo Tour

The photo tour in Yangshuo spans over 2 days and includes visits to the most notable photography spots and sessions. These include catching the sunrise at Xianggong Hill and photographing the cormorant fishermen during sunset.


Moreover, participants will have the opportunity to discover the minority tribe and capture the breathtaking views of the rice terraces, making the tour ideal for those with limited time to spend in Guilin.


2 days

Aprox. photos

more than 200

Guide in


Group size

Only you

Why you need a photography guide?

A photography guide can take you to unique locations, suggest different angles for shots, assist with camera settings and composition, and facilitate interactions with local minority groups. With the help of a photographer guide, you will be able to capture portfolio-worthy shots that you can proudly showcase.

Photo Tour Itinerary

Yangshuo & Guilin

At 4am, the photography guide will meet you at your hotel then heading to Xianggong Hill, which is considered one of the best spots in Yangshuo for capturing breathtaking photos of the karst mountains and the scenic Li River at sunrise.

Following breakfast at a local rice noodle restaurant, we'll drive to a peaceful village off the beaten path. Here, you'll have the chance to photograph the buffalo farmer on an ancient stone bridge and mountains in a distance.

Following a brief break, we'll visit an ancient town. You'll  have the opportunity to visit a local's house, where you can capture photogenic portraits in their charming old wooden house, enhanced by natural light and a sense of history.

Another noteworthy aspect of the day is to photograph the cormorant fisherman at sunset. You'll have the opportunity to spend roughly two hours with a genuine, elderly fisherman and his cormorants. You'll hear captivating tales of fishing with these birds, snap breathtaking photos of the fisherman at dusk, and capture images of gaslamp portraits and mountain reflections during the blue hour.

Stay overnight in Guilin. 

xianggong hill and li river scenery at sunrise

Longji Rice Terraces

Your guide will collect you from your Guilin hotel and then head to Longji rice terraces.


You will first meet a minority family in Dazhai village and capture captivating portraits of an elderly couple in their charming wooden home. 

After visiting the family, hike up the mountains to capture the stunning views of rice terraces and minority tribes. Use a long lens to capture circular and rounded terraced fields and panoramic shots of the valley .

In the afternoon, visit the second largest village, Ping'an village. With fewer houses, it's an ideal location for great photos.

Additionally, Ping'an village is the only place where terraced fields are irrigated from December to June, offering an opportunity to capture reflected terraced fields before mid-June.

longji rice terraces at sunrise

Camera gears suggestions for this photo tour

  • DSLR or mirrorless cameras with tripod

  • A wide angle lens. For example, Nikkor 14-24 or Canon 16-35

  • A middle-zoom lens such as a 24-70mm for most of shots

  • A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200mm, good to shoot some subjects in a distance.

  • A primary lens such as 50mm f/1.8 or 85mm f/1.4 for portraits shooting

  • GND filters would be good for sunrise and sunset photography

cormorant fishermen at sunrise

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