‘South of the Clouds,’ also known as Yunnan, is a fabled land of breath-taking scenery, saffron-clad Buddhist monks, rich ancient cultures, and year-round spring-like weather. This region hosts an intersection of many of Asia’s leading traditions: Hindu beliefs from the west and the Khmer south, Confucian conventions from the northeast, Tibetan, Thai, and Burmese Buddhist teachings from the north and southwest. All of these cultures left a lasting impression on the local people and their unique iconography.
In Yunnan, we will touch the ‘old’ China that is elusive to most visitors and enjoy transformational experiences of a lifetime. We will photograph Taoist Temples (as well as temples with local gods unique to each village), gracefully decaying buildings, unique homes, elderly residents, exquisite landscapes, marketplaces, and ancient walled cities. Join us for a true immersion experience into authentic China.
This is an amazing journey to a beautiful, ethnically diverse corner of China that still has very few Western tourists. Our home base is the stunning Linden Center, an award-winning boutique hotel known for its service and level of accommodation.
The Linden Centre, (rated the top boutique hotel in China) offers a true immersion into authentic China. Guests reside in the private, expansive, and luxurious courtyard home in the heart of the pristine village of Xizhou, in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province. The facility, a nationally protected heritage site, has been restored to its former dynastic elegance but now includes a rooftop patio, a bar in the center of the compound, and wireless internet. Set in the foothills of the Himalayas, guests enjoy a year-round spring climate and direct access to rich, undisturbed cultures in a true melting pot of the region. We will touch the ‘old’ China that is elusive to most visitors and leave with enriching experiences that last a lifetime.
You can expect much fun, light-heartedness, and serendipity while learning from Doug how to better respond photographically to the world around you as well as how to make less generic, more personal travel images with feeling, meaning, and depth.
The high level of accommodation and transportation, the quality of our guides, and the gourmet meals made by our own chefs at the Linden Centre are all a part of the all-inclusive price, which even includes round trip airfare from Los Angeles. This will be Doug’s 10th year of doing this workshop (and maybe his last for awhile) so we strongly recommend you join us while this workshop is still available!