How to Prepare for a Photography Tour to Guilin

I get a lot of friends or family wanted to come and visit China because I moved here. What’s frustrating is that no one has ever heard about Guilin, and it’s the most beautiful place in China. If you’re planning a trip to China, do not miss stopping by Guilin, the area will enchant you with its sights no matter what time of the year you visit.

Guilin’s weather can be very humid and hot. You should have the appropriate clothing for the prevailing weather when you visit. You can research online to know what to expect in terms of Guilin’s weather over the period you will be visiting. Learn more about photo tours from my friend over at… guilin photo tour, check out that site.

If you will be going to Guilin to take photos, or on a photography tour, there are various things you should keep in mind. As a photographer, one of the most exciting things you can experience in a place is capturing the breathtaking landscape, the karst, the Li River, the paddy fields, the rice terraces.

There are loads of areas to explore and lots of cool experience in Guilin. If like me your camera is a way to document your travels and kinda log memories, you’ll get more than you expected here, because of the dramatically different sights within 3 hours of each other. You can be in an ancient town one minute or climbing a steep remote mountain peak the next looking over the Li River. Even the farmland of Yangshuo is really photogenic.

I hope to get down some locations guides and information for photographers by the end of my year teaching in Guilin, and put up photo gallery on this site. In the mean time get some inspiration from this expat photographers’ guilin photos right here.

However, you may find it quite challenging to prepare for a photography trip. You have to find the right gear and make sure everything that will be required during the trip is packed. You should also leave your house well kept. Below is an overview of what you should consider when it comes to gear for your photography trip.

Best Gear for Photography Trips
Gear is everything in photography, or a lot of it, at least that’s my excuse to buy new cameras every few years. You have that problem? 😉 You should determine the cameras and lenses that you will carry with you to Guilin. There is no right or wrong answer to this choice. You have to consider the pros and cons of the cameras and lenses you have. Your decision will be easy to make if you only have a single camera and a couple of lenses. However, you are likely to have different cameras and lenses if you are a professional photographer. If you have different cameras, check the pros and cons of each to know the right one to carry to Guilin. If I had to pick one, it would be a 24-70. If I had to pick 2, I would take a 16-35 and 24-70. If I was to bring three lenses to Guilin, then I would also add aniftyy 50mm fixed or 35mm fixed to that, as it’s great for low-light photography in peoples homes and does not add more weight.

When evaluating the different gear to know the one to carry, consider your goals. What would you like to capture in Guilin? Another question to ask is what you intend to do with the images you capture. The ideal gear for your trip will be different depending on whether you are going on a professional photography trip or vacation.

Avoid over packing for your photography trip. The last thing you want is to be lugging around loads of weight on a photo tour and regret carrying the gear that you won’t need. You do not want a lot of gear, which will increase your luggage weight. You also don’t want a heavy backpack when you will be climbing hills or hiking around the magnificent mountains because they are steep, check out How steep are Guilin mountains.

If you are planning to go on a photography tour to Guilin, following the guide above will help you prepare for the trip adequately.

Now back to my photos, if you don’t see my gallery online in a few months, August, prod me 😉


Meet Paula, another Guilin based teacher friend of mine, from the US

Author: guilinphotoresources

Hi, I'm Kalvin, an English teacher based in Guangxi, southern China. I arrived here in 2016 and finally hope to find time to run my blog. I teach at the Electronic University of Guilin. I love photography and cycling, and try to make some money selling stock photos from my travels in Asia.

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