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Zhangye & Dunhuang 2024

Join us on an extraordinary photography workshop that unveils the untamed and intricate beauty of northwest China. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking blend of snow-capped mountains, vast grasslands, arid deserts, serene lakes, mystical grottoes, vibrant rainbow mountains, and concealed historical relics.

  • Capture stunning images of the rainbow mountains and Danxia landforms in Zhangye

  • Witness the rugged and untamed Jiayuguan Pass

  • Appreciate the ancient grottoes of Dunhuang

  • Photograph the breathtaking desert landscapes during sunrise and sunset


Per Person



Lanzhou - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang


8 days, 7 nights

Fitness level


Drone friendly


Group Size

Less than 6


June 5-12, 2024

Mercier Zeng

Instructor & Workshop Leader

Having years of experience, Mercier Zeng has designed the itinerary for the workshop and will personally lead it.

Mercier has earned over 100 excellent reviews on Trip Advisor after guiding more than 300 photographers from various parts of the world. He has even accompanied some photographers on multiple occasions to Guilin, guiding them since 2014 and helping them capture portfolio-worthy shots, regardless of their level of expertise.


A taste of what to expect…

Day 1-2:Lanzhou Arrival, Wuwei to Zhangye

Upon your arrival at Lanzhou airport or railway station, our team will be ready to transfer you to your hotel.

The next day, we will embark on a scenic drive along the Qilian Mountain Range towards Wuwei. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit the renowned Confucius Temple and capture the exquisite architecture through your lens.

Continuing our journey, we will drive to Zhangye, a pivotal destination for photographers on this trip. Prepare to be captivated by the enchanting landscapes that await you.

As the day draws to a close, we will arrange a special sunset photography session near Danxia town, allowing you to capture the mesmerizing beauty of the surroundings. Afterward, you will spend the night in this picturesque location.

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Day 3-4: Zhangye

Our itinerary in Zhangye spans two days, dedicated to immersing ourselves in the wonders of the Danxia National Geographical Park. Prepare to capture the awe-inspiring Rainbow Mountains, renowned as "the color palette of the Gods."

During our exploration, we will photograph the magnificent rock formations found in Binggou Danxia Landforms, showcasing the intricate beauty sculpted by nature.

A visit to Mati Monastery is also on our agenda, where you will have the opportunity to photograph the temples perched precariously on cliffs, creating a truly breathtaking sight.

If weather conditions permit, we will indulge in a mesmerizing Milky Way photography session under the starry night sky, capturing the celestial beauty above us.

Day 5: Jiayuguan

Start your journey from Zhangye and make your way to Jiayuguan.

Explore the awe-inspiring Jiayuguan ancient tower and buildings, while also enjoying the picturesque view of snow-capped mountains in the distance.

Don't miss the opportunity to capture stunning photographs of the Milky Way during the night.

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Day 6-8: Dunhuang

Drive from Jiayuguan to Dunhuang, passing through the Gobi Desert and green landscapes. Stay overnight in Dunhuang.

Visit the impressive Mogao Grottoes, known for their ancient Buddhist art and culture.

Photograph the Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Moon Spring during sunset.

Capture stunning photos of the Yumenguan Pass and the ruins of the Great Wall in the Yardang National Geopark.

End the tour in Dunhuang and depart by airport or high-speed train.

Payment Info

  • Deposit payment of $900 USD upon booking

  • Payment in full is required 40 days prior to the tour starting date

  • Single occupancy accommodations for 7 nights at hotels

  • Double occupancy is USD 2650 per person

Tour price: $2,900 USD

What's Included

Photography guide + local professional

Private van transportation

7-night accommodation (5-star or best in local)

Inclusive entrance fees to photography locations

Personalized processing instructions

Complimentary Fresh Coffee for Early Morning Outdoor Shoots

Pick-up from Lanzhou Railway Station & Transfer to Dunhuang Railway Station

Camera Gears Suggestions


Better to bring two bodies, DSLR or mirrorless camera both are ok



Tripod is very necessary in low light conditions, such as at sunrise and sunset moments

Long Zoom Lens


Such as 70-200MM, for photographing subjects in a distance



Bring it if you have it, it is good for photographing wide land and mountains

Wide-angle Lens


24-70MM, 16-35MM  for landscapes at sunrise and sunset

Other Gears


Torch light, GND filters, romote control or shutter release, extra memory card, battery ...

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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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