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cormorant fishermen

5-Day Guilin Highlights Photo Tour

This one-day photography tour offers an opportunity to capture stunning images of cormorant fishermen at sunrise, observe locals cross an ancient stone bridge with buffaloes, and witness breathtaking landscapes at sunset. Whether you're a novice, enthusiast, or professional photographer, this tour is ideal for you.

Our photography tour is a private experience, consisting of only you, your guide, and driver. Beginning at the early hour of 3:30am, the tour lasts until 9pm, spanning over 15 hours in a single day, which is equivalent to the two-day itinerary of most tour companies. You'll return home with a collection of satisfying photographs.


5 days

Aprox. photos

more than 500

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

Longji Rice Terraces & Minority Tribe

At 8 am, our photography tour begins with a scenic drive to Ping'an village, the second-largest minority village in the Longji area, famous for its rice terraces. We'll capture stunning views of the terraces and the local minority women dressed in traditional attire as they tend to the fields.

Later in the day, we'll head to Dazhai village to visit a local minority family and photograph an elderly couple in their charming wooden house. This is a photogenic spot that could yield some great competition-worthy shots.

We'll then embark on a 2-hour hike uphill to a village hotel where we'll spend the night, taking in the captivating scenery along the way.

minority women in ping an village
dazhai village in autumn

Longji Rice Terraces & Ancient Town

Our photography tour begins with a sunrise shoot just a short walk from the village hotel. We'll capture stunning views of the rice terraces and the village from different perspectives.

We'll then return to Guilin to explore an ancient town, photographing locals' daily life and capturing portraits of elderly residents inside an old wooden house. By the end of the day, we'll have created a diverse portfolio of stunning images that capture the essence of Guilin's landscapes, culture, and people.

Landscape Sunrise & Cormorant Fisherman at Dusk

We'll begin our day early with a 4 am departure for Xianggong Hill, a 1.5-hour drive away. Here, we'll capture stunning images of the sunrise and the Li River Bend from one of the best spots in the Guilin area for classic landscapes.

Afterwards, will head to Yulong River for more countryside scenery photography.

Our day will end with a memorable encounter with an old cormorant fisherman on a small island in the Li River, the same spot featured on the Chinese 20-yuan note. Against the backdrop of a golden sunset, we'll photograph him as he lights his gas lamp and casts his net.

xianggong hill at sunrise
cormorant fisherman and reflection at sunrise

Fishermen at Sunrise & Landscape at Sunset

Our day begins with an early morning drive to a hidden spot beside the Li River. We'll have the chance to capture stunning mountain reflections in the river. With one or two cormorant fishermen in the water, we'll photograph the tranquil scene of fishing at dawn and the sunrise above the fishing nets.

Take a short break in the hotel and edit photos.

In the afternoon, we'll embark on a 1-hour drive to a mountain, where we'll capture breathtaking images of the sunset over the classic karst mountains and rivers from a high vantage point.

Real Countryside Life Capture & Departure

We'll start our day with an early morning drive to a village capture the stunning 'mirror fields' at sunrise. These hundreds of fishponds create a beautiful broken glass effect, and we'll photograph the reflections of farmers working on rice paddies during the sunrise.

Afterward, we'll head to the countryside to capture an image of a buffalo farmer on an ancient stone bridge with magnificent mountains in the distance.

Our tour will end after lunch, at which point we'll drop you off at the airport or railway station.

buffalo farmer on an ancient stone bridge

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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