CHINA – FUJIAN XIAPU PHOTO TOUR
Are you the type of person who likes exploring rare and less-traveled places? Then, the Fujian Xiapu Photo Tour in China is perfect for you. Known as the most charming fishing village of China, Xiapu is in 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. They use bamboo poles, fishnets, and stone columns that are in the mudflats to dry a variety of marine products. As the sun rises and sets, the tide rises and falls, the bamboo poles, fishing boats, and fishnets form various spectacular sceneries.
Xiapu’s Rustic Charm
Xiapu, China, is not the typical tourist spot that most people will want to visit. Still, for photographers who are looking for a subject matter that is simple yet unique and very natural, this place will be their haven. This is due to the fact that this location is not as known as the other places in China like Shanghai and Beijing. Hence, you’ll get a “one of a kind” photo.
Xiapu is also the location for a lot of award-winning photos. With its unique seascape and stunning mudflat, various newspapers even featured some of these photos. This place is not as civilized compared to other cities of China, but that’s what makes it more extraordinary. So, if you want to experience a trip that is mundane yet very unconventional, book a trip with us now! Let us discover and dive into another rich culture and tradition, while capturing the best shots through this Fujian Xiapu Photo Tour.
UNUSUAL EXPEDITION‘s trips are well known for accomplishing a lot in just a few days. In this Fujian Xiapu Photo Tour, we pack a lot of content with different themes in a single trip. This workshop is like no other. Both beginners and professional photographers will surely enjoy and learn a lot from this unusual journey. However, locations shot each day are dependent on daily weather and lighting conditions. So, pack your bags and get your camera ready because you’re in for another adventure!
ITINERARY: CHINA – FUJIAN XIAPU PHOTO TOUR
The whole duration of this trip will be eight days. The following are the itineraries and activities we have prepared for you.
DAY 1 – FUZHOU / XIAPU
We arrive in Fuzhou in the evening and will proceed to make our way to Xiapu. This is our first destination in our Fujian Xiapu Photo Tour. Then, 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, China! We will spend five days exploring this area.
Bei Qi and Xiao Hao Beach shoot
We will start our Fujian Xiapu Photo Tour by doing a sunrise 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. So, prepare yourself for a stunning seascape and 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 labor on the beach, capturing scenes of fishing out in sea and harvesting seaweed along the shores. This will give you a glimpse of what the local’s livelihood is and how they do it every day. We will stay for the sunset as well.
Wei Jiang, Dong An, and Sha Jiang shoot
The next day, we rise early to photograph the sunrise at Wei Jiang. Wei Jiang or Mantou (steamed bun) Hill is treated as a sacred place of sunrise in Xiapu County. Once you step 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. During this time, many fishing boats will dot the horizon. This will make for lovely, postcard-esque photographs.
Sha Tang Li Beach
On another day of our Fujian Xiapu Photo Tour, we rise early again for a morning shoot at Sha Tang Li beach. This beach is famous for its spectacular sunrises, painting the vivid sky 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. 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
This will be the last two destinations on our Fujian Xiapu Photo Tour. 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 peeks through the morning mist – one of the most spectacular sights in China.
Lastly, 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
So, that ends our exploration in this Fujian Xiapu Photo Tour. 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. We hope that you enjoyed the trip, and you somehow learn a thing or two from us. If you wanted to relive the experience, you could always book the Fujian Xiapu Photo Tour again for another trip!
(Exact photography locations will depend on weather conditions.)
INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN FUJIAN XIAPU PHOTO TOUR IN CHINA?
Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
Accommodation based on Twin Sharing
Land transportation in destination
Group transfer to airport
All meals as stated in itinerary
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN FUJIAN XIAPU PHOTO TOUR IN CHINA?
Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
Return International Air Ticket
Return Domestic Air Ticket (If Any)
Guide Tips – USD$15 per day
Any Private Expenses
Room Service Expenses
Visa Fees (If Applicable)
Beverages / Alcohol Drinks during Meals
Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory – Self Purchased)
Photography Setup Fee (If applicable)
8th Nov 2020 – 18th Nov 2020
Twin Sharing with Same Gender, Single Room (With Additional Single Room Supplement)
BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS
These are the Terms and Conditions that will apply to your booking. Please read them carefully as you will be bound by them.
1. BOOKING / NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
You must pay us a non-refundable deposit of the amount stated in the Tour Description (the “Deposit”) at the time of booking. The Deposit is to be paid when the on-line booking form is filled up and submitted to us. If you are making a booking for a Tour which is scheduled to start in 4 weeks, you must pay us the full amount of the Tour Price.
2. CONFIRMATION OF BOOKING
Our receipt of the Deposit and the completed booking form does not mean that your booking is confirmed and accepted. It is only confirmed and accepted when we give you a written confirmation. This written confirmation will also contain details on regarding the payment of the balance of the Tour Price. However, if your booking is not accepted by us, we will refund the Deposit which you have paid to us.
3. FINAL PAYMENT SCHEDULE
If the balance of the Tour Price is not paid by the dated specified in the written confirmation referred to in Clause 2, your booking is deemed to be cancelled and we shall forfeit the Deposit.
We conduct various Tours from time to time. The price of each Tour will be specified on our website (“Tour Price”). However, sometimes, due to external factors beyond our control (e.g. increase in transport costs or food costs or external party’s fees or currency fluctuations), the Tour Price may increase even after you have booked for our Tours. Should there be any increase in the Tour Price after you have placed your booking with us, we will notify you of the increase. You have the option of either accepting the change in price or withdraw from the Tour. Should you withdraw from the Tour, we will refund the Deposit to you.
5. ROOM ACCOMODATION
Unless otherwise stated, you will be allocated a twin room for twin occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available at extra cost on a first come, first served basis, and we cannot guarantee its availability.
6. AIRFARE AND TRANSFER COSTS
The Tour Price does not include the airfare and other transfer costs and arrangements. You are responsible for your own flight booking and the adverse consequences of flight cancellations and delay. However, if it is specified in the Tour Description that airport/hotel transfers are included in the Tour Price, such transfers are only included when the participants travel on the flights specified by us. Participants arriving or departing on different flights will be responsible for their own transfer costs and arrangements.
7. CANCELLATION CHARGES IF YOU CANCEL
If you wish to cancel your booking, the following cancellation charges are applicable and payable to us:
– Cancellation 4 weeks or more before Departure/Starting date of Tour as stated in Booking Form: Forfeiture of the Deposit
– Cancellation 4 weeks before Departure/Starting date of Tour as stated in Booking Form: 100% of Tour Price
8. CANCELLATION BY US
Each Tour that we plan to conduct provides for a minimum number of 10 participants before the Tour can proceed. If the minimum number of participants is not met, we will cancel the Tour.
We also reserve the right to cancel any Tour for any other reason.
However, rest assured that we will not cancel a Tour less than 4 weeks before Departure/Starting date of Tour as stated in Booking Form except for Force Majeure, unusual or unforeseen circumstances beyond or outside our control.
If we cancel a Tour, you can either:
– Take a substitute Tour if we are able and willing to offer one. If the substitute Tour is lower in price to the one you had originally booked, we will pay you the difference in price. If the substitute Tour is higher in price, you must pay us the difference in price;
– Obtain from us a full refund of all monies you have paid to us. We are not responsible in any event for any expenses or losses that you may have incurred as a result of our cancellation such as visa, vaccinations, non-refundable flights or rail, non-refundable car parking or other fees, loss of earnings, or loss of enjoyment, etc.
9. TRAVEL EXCLUSIONS OR CUTTING SHORT TOUR
If any government issues a travel advisory against non-essential travel due to any war or warlike event, Strike, Riot or Civil Commotion, disease outbreak or unsafe health conditions, impending natural disasters or any other events of similar nature to any country or place where the Tour will be or is held at, we reserve our right to cancel or cut short the Tour. In the event of our cancellation or cutting short the Tour, we will not provide any refund and you will make a claim on your travel insurance policy.
In the event that you intend to proceed or continue with the Tour, you agree that you will assume responsibility, indemnify and hold us, our affiliates and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, partners, local guides, Tour Leaders and Instructors (“the Indemnified Parties”) harmless at all times against all actions, proceedings, costs, claims, expenses (including legal costs on a fully indemnified basis), losses (whether direct, indirect or inconsequential) and damages (whether in tort, contract or otherwise) whatsoever which the indemnified Parties may sustain, incur, suffer or pay arising out of or in connection with or pursuant to the continuation or proceeding of the Tour. You agree that you will also assume responsibility for your own travel arrangements including but not limited to flight tickets and accommodation and we will not be responsible for any travel delay or any loss, damage and expense arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with the Tour.
You understand and acknowledge the nature of a Tour requires considerable flexibility and should allow for reasonable alterations by the Company. You agree that the route, schedules, itineraries, amenities, mode of transport and other details listed in the Tour Description may be altered by the Company without prior notice due to local circumstances or events and any other reason whatsoever.
11. TRAVEL INSURANCE
You must obtain travel insurance within 7 days upon booking the tour with a minimum medical coverage of SGD 250,000 covering the Tour duration and this insurance must cover personal injury and emergency medical expenses. If requested by us, you must be able to provide proof of Insurance purchase and adequate coverage of the required amount. You are strongly recommended to obtain insurance coverage for any loss, damage and expense arising from, including but not limited to Tour cancellation, lost baggage or personal effects and flight cancellation. We are not liable to you for such loss, damage and expense. We are also not liable to you for any loss or additional expenses incurred by you due to any cause beyond our reasonable control, including without limitation, due to any delay or interruption to the travel services due to Act of God, unusually severe weather, acts of governments, acts of terrorism, hostilities between nations, civil disturbance, boycotts, lockouts, industrial action and labour dispute, strikes, wars, fire, floods, infectious diseases, epidemics or illness as well as travel restrictions due to such events.
12. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
It is your responsibility to obtain, prior to departure, the necessary travel documents including a valid passport required for entry, departure and travel through each destination point in the Tour, and all visa, permits and certificates (including medical certificates) required for the whole of the journey. You are solely responsible for any adverse consequences resulting from missing or defective documentation. Any information or advice given by us regarding visas, vaccinations, climate, clothing, baggage, special equipment, etc. is given in good faith but without responsibility on our part.
13. SPECIAL REQUESTS
If you have any special requests including dietary restrictions, you should inform us of these at the time of the booking. We will advise the relevant supplier of your special requests, but we are not liable to you if these requests are not met.
14. CLAIMS AND COMPLAINTS
Should you have a complaint during the course of the Tour, you must raise this complaint to the Tour leader at the earliest opportunity to allow him or her to address your complaint. If you fail to indicate your dissatisfaction during the Tour, your ability to claim compensation against us will be extinguished or reduced.
15. SUPPLIERS AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS
The Tour may be conducted by local guides at the destination country or Tour Leaders or Instructors engaged by us at our discretion dependent on the requirements of the Tour. Any local guides, Tour Leaders or Instructors and they are not our employees. While we endeavour to appoint reputable and competent local guides, Tour Leaders or instructors, we are not liable for the acts and omissions of these independent local guides, Tour Leaders or instructors which may result in loss, damage and expense to you.
16. APPLICABLE LAW
The Contract and these Terms and Conditions are subject to Singapore law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Singapore Courts.
17. IMAGES AND MARKETING
During the Tour images, photos and/or videos may be taken by our employees and/or other Tour participants that may contain you in part or in whole. You agree and understand that these images, photos and/videos may be reproduced by us in any medium for promotion and publicity purposes.
18. ENTIRE AGREEMENT
These terms and conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and us, relating to the subject matter herein. There is no verbal or written representation, warranty, prior agreement other than as expressed herein.
(Last Updated 1st Jan 2020)