Vibrant, colourful and raw, Asia is home to some of the world’s most exciting and beautiful countries. While the softer light in the north does make for stunning landscape photos, and has more grand old buildings that create beautiful juxtaposition in street photography, any photographer worth his salt should include some Asian destinations in his portfolio. Here are our 3 favourite places to visit, and why.
This fishing region located in China’s northeastern Fujian province is widely known as one of the most charming in Asia. With picturesque mudflats that reflect the setting sun in all its glory creating the perfect backdrop against the idyllic, rural villages that dot the coastline, any corner of Xiapu looks straight out of a fine art painting. Visiting Xiapu is like stepping back into a time when most Chinese made their living by farming and fishing. In fact, this area is home to people of Yan Tian, an autonomous village famed for its “sea gypsies”, and a trip to Xiapu is a wonderful reminder of a simpler time before the advent of technology.
Home to the world famous UNESCO World Heritage site, the Borobudur Temple and miles upon miles of lush, terraced tea plantations, Yogyakarta offers a beautiful mix of natural and man-made wonders that make for truly unique shots. It is known that the sunrise over the temple is one of the most beautiful in the world, but this temple bathes in an even more dramatic light during Waist Day. On the night of this Buddhist celebration, 20,000 Buddhists and monks from all across Indonesia gather at the temple and release thousands of lanterns into the night sky. It is a truly humbling experience to be able to partake and witness this celebration, and needless to say, the photos you can capture are one of a kind!
Inner Mongolia, China
This autonomous region that shares a border with Mongolia and Russia encompasses great green steppes, arid deserts and vast grasslands, making it a truly unique locale for one-of-kind landscape photography. Her wide, flat plateaus are still home to the nomads, where you’ll see a horizon dotted with gers, horses and sheep. In contrast, the Badain Jaran Desert sees sand dunes as far as the eye can see, barren and wild. It is here that you’ll be able to experience of the singing sands, as this desert is one of the few places in the world where the phenomenon happens. Due to the force of the wind coming into contact with the sand, a loud noise that sounds almost like song howls across the desert, and makes for quite the otherworldly experience!