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Shoot the Most Beautiful Mudflat in China
Xiapu Mudflat, located in Ningde City of Fujian Province in Southeast China, is praised as “the most beautiful mudflat in China” as well as one of the “Top 10 Domestic Photography Bases” by those photography enthusiasts, where you can take countless fantastic pictures of the colorful beach, charming sunrise, glorious sunset, appealing mists, rolling mountains, groups of fishing-boats, working local “sea gypsies”, lovely islets, etc. You will feel your camera lack of storage space to collect all the amazing masterpieces of nature. It can be visited all the year round and different seasons show you different sceneries, with hidden surprises waiting for you. This 4-day Xiapu photography tour takes you to capture all the best beauties of Xiapu mudflat at its top popular amazing villagers and beaches. Take your camera and lenses and let’s shoot!
Highlights of this tour:
Travel Route: Xiapu
Travel Length: 4 Days
Tour Code: CD-FJXP-04
Tour Type: Customizable Private Tour
Departure: You Choose (you may plan it according to the best season and time.)
Ni Hao! Welcome to Xiapu, a county with the most beautiful mudflat in China! Upon arrival, you will be met by our local tour guide at Xiapu Railway Station and escorted to your hotel by a private comfortable vehicle and check in.
In this afternoon, you’ll be driven about 20km to Xiaohao Village (about 35 mins’ driving), which is a famous place for shooting sandiness mudflat and sunset. When the sun is falling down, the shining golden glory paints the whole mudflat, and this is the best moment to record this splendid landscape of the setting sun and the mudflat. The east of Xiaohao is great for photographing with back lighting and the color of its beach changing with light, offering photographers hidden surprises. The west of Xiaohao is great for shooting with front lighting, photographing super large-scale scene of kelp harvest - fishing boats like mighty forces shuttling among the bamboo poles on the sea, which is like a grand movement composed by many dancing musical notes.
After that, your guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel! Stay overnight in Xiapu!
Photography Tips: Travelers should wear comfortable shoes for you need to walk about 15 minutes to get up at a higher location for photography.
Arrival Ideas: Travelers can take high speed trains to Xiapu from Fuzhou (about 1hr), Xiamen (about 2.5hrs), Shanghai (about 5.5hrs), Hangzhou (about 4 hrs), Nanjing (about 5hrs), Shenzhen (about 6.5hrs), etc.
On this day, get up early in the morning and head to Weijiang Village for sunrise. Also called Mantou (Steamed Bun) Hill, it is treated as a sacred place for shooting sunrise, hanging oysters, sunning kelp, working fishermen…You’ll see the sky changes suddenly - dark blue, green blue, light blue, blue white, bright red, golden…seize the rare moment to shoot the beautiful scene. With the flying egrets in the charming sky and the steamed-bun shaped hill, the whole scene is really a tranquil landscape of “Master Nature”.
Later, you’ll be escorted to Shajiang, the only place suitable to shoot in daytime. Shoot the elegant view of many big “S” shapes formed by layers of bamboo poles hanging sea kelp on the sea, which extends to the end of the sea. With fishers driving their boats shuttling back and forth among each curve, you can record the amazing landscape painting of mudflat. The best shooting angle is from the top floor of Xiapu No.2 Middle School.
Lastly, be followed to Dongbi Village to shoot the sunset. The golden color of the falling sun presents a golden silk dress for the mudflat and the soft lines of the sinuate water ways vary as the waves, some even performing “S” shapes, and this is super magnificent and rare. Various changing curves and lines are dyed with contrastive warm colors and blue colors under the orange and red sky backdrop. Furthermore, as some fishermen hang their fishing nets here on the mudflat, it is very lucky to shoot some pictures of the ordinary tools to increase your amounts of cultural themed photographic works of Xiapu.
After the shooting, be escorted back to your hotel and have a good sleep!
On this day, get up early in the morning and head to Huazhu Village (about 40km away from Xiapu County) with 1 hour’s driving to take charming photos of its sunrise. Reach the photography site and overlook the tranquil village on the sea. Bamboo poles in front, fishermen’s houses on the sea, and islets as well as boats at a distance are all in nice order, with the unpredictable colors changed by the scattered light of the rising sun, everything here make a mysterious charming splendor for your best photography creativity! During the porphyra harvest season, when the sunglow shines on the sea and the fishermen work on the farmlands, it depicts the most gorgeous sea painting scroll.
Next, be followed a trip to Bachimen where is a good place to shoot purse seine to cultivate crabs on the mudflat. Take special pictures of the more than 10 large purse seines in green, yellow, cyan, etc. and the fishermen in red busy doing their daily works on the peaceful sea. Find your favored composition of the photo to record the geometrical and coloristic beauty of Bachimen.
Later, drive to Yantian Village, a main shooting place of local culture of fishing family. You can use your camera freely to record the real life and laboring scene of the piscatorial “Lian Family Boatmen” who are called the “sea gypsies” for long time living on their own fishing boats in Xiapu. Lastly, get to Huyu’ao Village to appreciate the sun falling down on the sea, which is charming with both front light and back light. After the shooting, be escorted back to your hotel and have a good sleep!
Today, try to get up early and head to Beiqi Village, which is the most wonderful shooting place for Xiapu mudflat, to take best photos of the beautiful sunrise. The morning golden sunshine spurting down on the sea changes the mudflat into a dreamy colorful world. Shoot the most famous tiger-skin-like stripes of the mudflat dyed under the glorious morning sunshine, shadows of fishermen, fishing boats, poles, etc. which compose a very harmonious painting with lyric dynamic charm, from which you will admire the “Magician Nature” who makes the extraordinarily common point, line, light and shadow full of magic.
Later, transfer to peaceful Yangjiaxi Village which is reputed as “Fairyland off the Sea” and “Little Mount Wuyi in East Fujian”. Walk into this ideal place to shoot old banyan trees, maple trees, pastoral rural life, working farmers and their buffalos and the superb Tyndall Effect with strings of sunshine through the forest …Enjoy some fresh air and happy photography time here.
After the tour, your local guide and driver will escort you to Xiapu Railway Station for a high speed train to your next destination or home. Tour ends!
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