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3-Day Yangshuo and Longji Photography Tour

  • Take breathtaking photos of mountains and rivers during sunrise and sunset

  • Capture the cormorant fishermen from dawn until sunrise

  • Take landscape panorama shots on mountain tops

  • Photograph the beautiful countryside scenery with the locals

  • Capture the stunning rice terraces and the unique cultures of the minority tribes


Longji - Yangshuo


3 Days

Fitness level


Drone friendly


Tour type



May to October

A photo escape like no other

The itinerary has been crafted by a photography specialist to inspire your next escape. You have the flexibility to personalize it according to your preferences and style, allowing you to capture the scenery and locals on your own conditions and departing at your convenience.

Photo Tour Itinerary

Day 1: One Day in Longji Rice Terraces

Your guide will collect you from your Guilin hotel and then head to Longji rice terraces.


You will first meet a minority family in Dazhai village and capture captivating portraits of an elderly couple in their charming wooden home. 

After visiting the family, hike up the mountains to capture the stunning views of rice terraces and minority tribes. Use a long lens to capture circular and rounded terraced fields and panoramic shots of the valley .

In the afternoon, visit the second largest village, Ping'an village. With fewer houses, it's an ideal location for great photos.

Additionally, Ping'an village is the only place where terraced fields are irrigated from December to June, offering an opportunity to capture reflected terraced fields before mid-June.

Day 2: Yangshuo Landscape at Sunrise & Sunset

We'll begin our day early with a 4 am departure for Xianggong Hill, a 1.5-hour drive away. Here, we'll capture stunning images of the sunrise and the Li River Bend from one of the best spots in the Guilin area for classic landscapes.

Afterward, we'll head to the countryside to capture an image of a buffalo farmer on an ancient stone bridge with magnificent mountains in the distance.

In the afternoon, we'll embark on a 1-hour drive to a mountain, where we'll capture breathtaking images of the sunset over the classic karst mountains and rivers from a high vantage point.

Day 3: Cormorant Fishermen & Indoor Portraits

Our day begins with an early morning drive to a hidden spot beside the Li River. We'll have the chance to capture stunning mountain reflections in the river. With two cormorant fishermen in the water, we'll photograph the tranquil scene of fishing at dawn and the sunrise above the fishing nets.

Take a visit of a small ancient town, photographing portraits of elderly residents inside an old wooden house.

We will then begin our sunset session in the late afternoon, where we can take pictures of the flooded rice fields and karst mountains against the backdrop of the sunset.

Trip Notes

01. The best time for photography

The best time to visit Guilin is from May to October as there is less rainfall and better opportunities to experience stunning sunrises and sunsets.


Although May to June may experience rainstorms, it provides an opportunity to capture the mist and sea of clouds in the karst mountain areas.

For Longji Rice Terraces, the best time to capture the flooded terraced fields is from March to June. The end of September to the middle of October is the peak season and the most photogenic time to capture the yellow rice terraces.

02. Camera and lens suggestions

  • My recommendation to customers is to carry two cameras while photographing, as it saves time in changing lenses, especially during sunrise and sunset when the scenery changes rapidly. This ensures that you don't miss any beautiful moments.

  • For landscape photography, it's best to bring a wide-angle and zoom lens, such as 24-70mm and 70-200mm.

  • Additionally, a tripod is essential in low-light conditions, such as at dawn and dusk.

03. Drone photography

Drone photography in Yangshuo and Longji rice terraces is a must-try experience as the stunning mountain views are best captured from above. A drone can capture breathtaking aerial shots that are otherwise impossible to reach.


Moreover, there are no special restrictions for drone flying in Guilin and its surrounding areas.

What's Included

  • Photography guiding

  • All transportation in the itinerary

  • Entrance fees

  • Expenses of people photography involved

  • Personal processing instructions

  • Fresh Coffee if outdoor in early morning


Photography Begins Here

All you need to do is provide us with your requirements, and we will connect you with an experienced local photography guide.

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