Whether you are landscape shooter or street/portrait lovers, this tour is designed for you. You will embrace both with this tour at their best locations and time. We will first visit the beautiful Yunnan province in the southwest China at its best season, photographing both unique landscape of world's largest rice terraces and beautiful environmental portraits of Yi and Hani people. Then, we will take a short flight from Kunming to neighboring Mandalay, Myanmar, where we will be shooting at prime locations like Ubein bridge, Inle Lake and of course, the renowned Bagan valley, with its iconic temples, monks, and markets. This ultimate Asia tour covers two countries, most excitingly, two most desired photo destinations of the world at their best season.
When: Jan 15 – 29, 2019
Where: 6 nights at Yunnan, China and 7 nights at Myanmar
Cost: US$ 5,330 based on double occupancy, extra US$560 for single occupancy
Group size: 12 maximum
Category: Photography Tour
Tour Leader & Photography Instructor: William Yu
Language spoken: English
Workshop URL: www.williamyuphotoworkshops.com/yunnan-myanmar2019
Photographing the largest concentration of rice terraces in the world at its best season.
Visiting local villages and markets, taking enviornmental portraits of ethnic Yi and Hani people.
Exploring the unique limestone formations – "Stone forest" near Kunming.
Shooting sunset at the iconic Ubein bridge at Mandalay, Myanmar.
Capturing the famous leg-rowing fishermen on Inle Lake, Myanmar.
Visiting Long Neck Tribe near Inle Lake, Myanmar.
Photographing the world renowned Bagan valley with ts temples, monks and markets.
Balloon flight over Bagan at dawn (optional and USD300 extra).
Yuanyang, Yunnan province, China
Yuanyang, Yunnan Province, is a Hani minority ethnic settlement atop a ridge of the Ailao mountain range at an elevation of around 1570 meters. It is a popular destination with photographers due to the vast areas of nearby mountains which have been cultivated into terraced rice paddies for at least the past 1300 years by the Hani people. Despite the overwhelming scenic beauty of its landscape and colorful local minorities, mass tourism hasn't developed in this region, mainly due to its remote location, and until fairly recent, relative inaccessibility. The terraced areas of interest to visitors are mainly found between 1000 and 2000 metres above sea level. The winter temperatures here, although never freezing, are such that they only support one rice crop a year. The terraces are filled with water until May, when planting begins. Overall, Yuanyang offers a great venue for both landscape photography and environmental portraiture. This is one of the most visited areas of our photo tours around the year.
The UNESCO's World Heritage Committee inscribed China's cultural landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces(mainly in Yuanyang) onto the prestigious World Heritage List on Jun 22, 2013
It's the Golden Land of thousand year Buddhism, the history and traidition mark this ancient country. A poet said,"If you would like to understand Myanmar, you must visit and experience at least two places: Bagan with thousand sacred temples, and Inle Lake with its mind-purifying water."
As travel photographers, we will capture images of monks and villagers, bustling markets and shining temples. Embarking on sunrise and sunset photo shoots. Witness the sunrise on the stupa-studded plains of Bagan, and capture fishermen poling past the floating gardens of Inle Lake.
The cost of this Workshop is US$5,330, it includes:
13 nights (Jan 16 - 28, 2019) of hotels with double occupancy. (Single occupany USD560 extra).
One way airfare from Kunming to Mandalay on Jan 22. Airfare Mandalay-Inle Lake, Inle Lake-Bagan, Bagan-Mandalay.
Transportation: Dedicated bus will be with our group for the entire trip.
Entrance fees of scenic areas, parks.
Local guide throughout the tour.
3 Meals per day in Myanmar.
The cost does NOT include:
Airfare from your home to Kunming(KMG), Yunnan province, China.
Airfare from Mandalay(MDL), Myanmar to your home.
Meals in Yunnan province, China
Hotel on the first night of Jan 15, 2018. You will book it online by yourself. Details at itineary below.
Alcohol, snacks and beverages.
The gratuities for the driver and local guide are not included in the price, it generally cost $8/day/person.
The entire trip is relatively easy physically, no long or tedious hikes/climbs. Most shooting spots are quite accessible from the road or parking lot.
Itinerary and other details at: