Guilin is the paradise of photographers, with its unique karst landform, Li River, ancient villages, cormorant fishermen and Longji terraced fields.
You can get inspired from the following itineraries that most of my customers took. You can also use the tailor-making form to tell me what your preferences are, I will design a Guilin photography tour with your interests and pace. All tours are private and guided by local experienced photo experts.
I only do off-the-beaten-track photography trips for photo lovers like you. I take my customers to some unique places even locals don’t know about to shoot awesome photos of Guilin karst landscapes.
I would not suggest that you arrange a fixed itinerary; I can change your itinerary easily depending on the weather conditions and your interests.
Like most of my customers, if you just have 2-3 days in Guilin, here is the best choice to take the essence of Guilin photography tour.
This tour covers 1-5 days itinerary, including almost all best of Guilin photography locations and activities, sunrise, sunset, karst mountains and rivers, rice terraces and rice fields, ancient towns and villages, local people potraits, and cormorant fishermen photography.
Visit Longji Rice Terraces, take photos of rice fields, minority village and people (2 hrs drive one way). The end of September and the week after the National Day Holiday (Oct. 1-7) are the best time of the year for the golden rice terraces photography. Generally, we start the tour from the hotel at 8:30am.
Besides the rice terraces view, we may take a visit of some local minority families, shoot portraits and their life in the old wooden houses.
Heading to Xianggong Hill at 3:30am for the sunrise and Li River Bend photography (1.5 hrs drive). Xianggong Hill is one of the best spots for sunrise and classic landscapes shooting in Guilin area.
Take a visit of two eldest fishermen in the village, shoot portraits in their houses, and experience their old life.
Last, but the highlight of the day, we go by country road to Xingping ancient town, take photos of cormorant fisherman (casting their net and gas lamp portraits) and the amazing sunset on Li River (the place where the Chinese 20 Yuan notes take its picture).
Today is a relax day. We are going to the Daxu ancient town (40 minutes drive). We will take a visit of some local families, experience the old disappearing life.
Shoot people portraits and the ancient street and houses with red lanterns. I could arrange a model with red Chinese Qipao for street photography.
In the afternoon, heading to a mountain (1 hour drive from Guilin). Shoot the sunset over classic karst mountains and rivers from a high spot.
"Mercier, the area is just the place what I dreamed... thanks for taking us here!" This is the comment from one of my Australia customers.
Stay far away from the crowds and touristy places. See how a local farmer till the soil with a water baffulo, capture nice stone bridge reflection in a pretty village, shoot sunset and patchwork of rice fields by off-the-beaten track.
We first drive to the riverside by a narrow country trail in the early morning, walk about 10 minutes to the photography location. It is a hidden place at the Li River, normally there is no any other photographers or tourists around.
It is also the best place for mountain reflections shooting in the Li River, peaceful and large scale water. We will have one or two cormorant fishermen in the river, shoot breaktaking fishermen and mountain reflections at dawn, and sunrise over the fishing net.
Afterwards, we will drive back to Guilin. We are going to visit a local medicine market. Experience how locals selling and buying, good for street photography.
In the late afternoon, heading to Chuanshan Park to take photos of the sunset and cityscape. Stay overnight in Guilin.