Fujian Xiapu Photo Tour – China
FUJIAN XIAPU PHOTO TOUR – CHINA
Known as the most charming fishing village of China, Xiapu is at the northeast part of China’s Fujian province. Xiapu is an enchanting estuarine getaway, offering mudflat sceneries and traditional rural life. Like a painting, entering Xiapu is like stepping back into time.
Due to the pleasant seawater temperature and plenty of sunshine, Xiapu mudflats are rich in kelp, laver, oyster and yellow croakers. Locals living along the beach are mainly engaged in marine culture. The bamboo poles, fish nets and stone columns that are place in the mudflats are use to dry a variety of marine products. As the sun rises and sets, the tide rises and falls, the bamboo poles, fishing boats and fish nets form various spectacular sceneries.
UNUSUAL EXPEDITION’s trips are well known for accomplishing a lot in just a few days. We basically pack a lot of content with different themes in a single trip. This workshop will be no different. Locations shoots each day are dependant on daily weather and lighting conditions.
Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
FUJIAN XIAPU PHOTO TOUR – CHINA
DAY 1 – FUZHOU / XIAPU
We arrive in Fuzhou in the evening, and will proceed to make our way to Xiapu. We will check into our hotel and spend the night here. This is your chance to meet your fellow expeditors, and ask our friendly instructors any questions you might have.
DAY 2 to 7 – XIAPU
Welcome to the famous Xiapu! We will spend 5 days exploring this area.
Bei Qi and Xiao Hao Beach shoots
We will do a morning sunrirse shoot at Bei Qi beach. Beiqi is an ideal place for sunrise photography. The small fishing village features a fishing port and fertile mudflat beach that faces the never-ending sea. Prepare yourself some a truly spectacular sunrise!
In the afternoon, we will make our way to Xiao Hao beach. Here, you will be able to shoot the locals at work as they labour on the beach, capturing scenes of fishing out in sea and harvesting seaweed along the shores. We will stay for the sunset as well.
Wei Jiang, Dong An and Sha Jiang shoots
We rise early to photograph the sunise at Wei Jiang. Weijiang or Mantou (steamed bun) Hill is treated as a sacred place of sunrise in Xiapu County. Stepping onto the mountains, you will be transfixed by the boundless mudflats that reach to the horizon, and the stunning view of the mudflats “dyed” by the rosy clouds. You can also expect to see egrets in the sky, and the mantou-shaped hill in the distance.
We will also spend some time shooting the Dong An and Sha Jiang fishing villages. Here, you will be able to capture the traditional Chinese way of life as locals go about their day, working in the sea. The horizon will be dotted with many fishing boats, and will make for lovely, postcard-esque photographs.
Sha Tang Li Beach
We rise early today for a morning shoot at Sha Tang Li beach. This beach is famous for its spectacular sunrises, painting the sky vivid hues.
In the late morning, we will transfer to Yang Jia Xi village to shoot bayan trees. Here, you will have the chance to shoot the late morning sun streaming in through the thick foliage of the trees, creating rays of light that make for dramatic photographs.
After lunch, we make our way for Yan Tian, where we will shoot the Yan Tian bridge as well as the “sea gypsies. Yantian is an autonomous village of She minority. The She people are called the “sea gypsies” because they lived on the boats from generation to generation. The busy harbor of Yantian Bay, and the evening fishing lights constitute a strange landscape of Xiapu.
Hua Zhu and Dong Bi Village Shoot
We spend the morning at Hua Zhu village, a wonderful site to shoot sunrises. Unlike other spots in Xiapu, the sunrise here is softer, highlighting the surroundings in a beautiful golden glow. You will also be able to shoot the Fuyao Archipelago that peek through the morning mist – one of the most spectacular sights in China.
In the afternoon, we make our way to Dong Bi. Dong Bi village is an excellent place for sunset, enhanced by the large fishing nets used by the villagers, glinting in the twilight sun. You’ll be able to grab some awesome silhouette shots of the locals finishing up their day, against the ‘S’ shaped patterns in the flats created by the receding tide.
DAY 8 – FUZHOU
We check out early in the morning, and make our way to the airport for the flight home. This is the end of our expedition.
(Exact photography locations will depend on weather conditions.)