4 Tours in China To Take You Back Into Time
As China progresses, making great leaps in advancement of technology, services and products in the digital era, it will soon be easy to forget that where factories and skyscrapers now stand are lands that are rich in culture, tradition and beauty. While it will be some time before her landscape is unrecognisable, there’s no denying that change in inevitable, and that we should appreciate her natural beauty while we still can. These 5 tours will help you discover a side of China that you might not have known existed.
Reputed as one of the world’s most beautiful places, Guilin’s idyllic scenery draws millions of tourists from near and far every year. Located in southern China, the picturesque city sits on the banks of the Lijiang River. Quieter Yangshuo is a little farther downstream, set against a stunning backdrop of emerald limestone karsts. Here, you’ll also have the chance to meet the famed cormorant fishermen, a style of fishing that dates back 500 years.
Xinjiang offers a special climate and geographical position that shares borders with Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia, and give the Kanas Nature Reserve its unique natural landscapes. It is a popular destination for tourists and photographers alike, especially during fall when the landscape comes alive in rich reds, oranges and yellows. The scenic area boasts a beautiful natural ecosystem formed by lakes, rivers, glaciers, forests, and grasslands. The prairie is peaceful, home to nomads and grazing flocks of sheep and herds of cows.
Xiao Dong Jiang
You’ve not seen surreal until you’ve seen the fog-enveloped Xiao Dong Jiang river at the break of dawn, sunlight flitting through the dense fog and casting a glow over the river. On this tour, you’ll also have the chance to photograph the local fishermen, adept at casting nets that will make for some dramatic shots.
The special climate and geographical position at the junction of the North China Plain and the Inner Mongolia Grasslands give Bashang its unique natural landscapes and make it a popular destination for tourists and photographers. The wide, flat Mongolian plateau slopes gently down towards the mountains. From landscape to wildlife to portraiture, this tour has it all, no matter what kind of photographer you are.