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Cormorant fisherman is casting net over sunrise

1-Day Yangshuo Photo Tour

This photography tour offers the opportunity to capture stunning images of cormorant fishermen at sunrise, witness the crossing of an ancient stone bridge with buffalo, and admire breathtaking landscapes at sunset. 

Our photography tour is entirely private, meaning that you, your guide, and your driver will be the only individuals present. The tour starts at 4 am and ends at 9:00 pm, providing over 15 hours of photographic opportunities in a single day, which is equivalent to a standard 2-day itinerary offered by other tour companies. 


4am - 9pm

Aprox. photos

more than 100

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

Cormorant Fishermen At Sunrise

Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel around 4am for a scenic one-hour drive to a secret location by the Li River.  


After a 10-minute walk, you'll reach a hidden platform to capture stunning photos of cormorant fishermen lighting gas lamps and casting nets during the blue hour.  


You'll also have enough time to capture the beautiful mountain landscapes and reflections during sunrise, as we ensure you arrive one hour prior to sunrise.

cormorant fishermen at sunrise
buffalo farmer on an ancient stone bridge

Buffalo Farmer Village

Our photo guides will take you to more photography opportunities along the way, such as unique mountains, locals working in rice fields, waterfalls, and elderly individuals conversing under large trees. You may even have the chance to enjoy a peaceful roadside coffee break.

After breakfast at a local rice noodle restaurant, we will venture to a peaceful village that is not frequented by typical tourists. Here, you can capture shots of locals farming ducks and buffalos, and witness farmers returning home with fresh grass for their grassfishes. Take a relaxing stroll through the village and capture images that interest you.

Ancient Town & Portraits

After a short break, we will explore an ancient town, take a leisurely stroll through the old streets, and visit a local family's old wooden house. Capture photogenic portraits using natural light that reflect the sense of the times.

an old man is washing chilies
landscape over sunset in Yangshuo

Landscape Over Sunset

The tour ends with breathtaking sunset photography. We will ascend over 800 well-crafted stone steps to reach the mountain top, capturing the stunning green village river with a backdrop of hundreds of mountain peaks. Don't miss the charming sunset colors with magnificent mountain layers.

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

Panorama view of Cuiping village at sunset

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