cormorant fisherman in sunset

Guilin Photography Tours

exploring Guilin mountains and rivers
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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.

"Photography Changes Travel Style"

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.

How to Plan Your Time in Guilin?

  • 1 1 day | classic sunrise + cormorant fishermen at sunset
  • 2 2 days | one day with classic sunrise + cormorant fishermen at sunset; one day in Longji rice terraces;
    You can focus on mountains photography in 2 days, sunrise and sunset in mountains, cormorant fishermen at sunset, people portraits in ancient town
  • 3 3 days | 2 days focus on karst mountains, cormorant fishermen; and one day in Longji rice terraces
  • 4 4 days | Spend one night in Longji for sunrise and sunset over rice terraces; two days on karst mountains sunrise and sunset
  • 5 5 days | If you have 5 or more days, can spend more time to explore the countryside life, buffalo farmers, minority family visits, local markets, and etc.

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.

DAY 1 in
Longji Rice Terraces

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.

Suggested Accommodations in Guilin

Aroma Tea House (Boutique) | Guilin Central Hostel (Budget)
Highlights in your itinerary
yao minority women Longji rice terraces in Spring
local farmers worked in the fields Longji rice terraces in Summer
chuanshan park panorama Red Yao minority woman was embroidering with her grandsons
DAY 2 in
Sunrise and Cormorant Fisherman

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).

Suggested Accommodations in Yangshuo

Yangshuo Mountain Escape (Boutique) | Yangshuo Mountain Nest (Boutique)
Highlights in your itinerary
xianggong hill sunset and li river bend Spectacular landscapes with amazing sunrise
fuli ancient stone bridge Bridge or the hole?
yao minority woman The eldest fisherman in Xingping
DAY 3 in
Daxu Ancient Town & Sunset

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.

Suggested Accommodations

Aroma Tea House (Boutique) | Guilin Central Hostel (Budget)
Highlights in your itinerary
xianggong hill sunset and li river bend Local family visits and portraits photography
herbalist doctor Meet a herbalist doctor in his clinic
local farmers worked in the fields Countryside rice fields with beautiful rivers
DAY 4 in
Real Countryside Life Capture
water baffulo in village bridge

"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.

Suggested Accommodations

Aroma Tea House (Boutique) | Guilin Central Hostel (Budget)
Highlights in your itinerary
the farmer is tilling the soil with his baffulo The farmer is tilling the soil with his baffulo.
local farmers worked in the fields The patchwork of fields in a village
yao minority woman Karst mountains in the beautiful sunset
DAY 5 in
Fishermen at Sunrise
cormorant fisherman and mountain reflection

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.

Highlights in your itinerary
xitang village Fishing in Early Morning
street photography Street Photography
chuanshan park Cityscape from Chuanshan Hill
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