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China: Ethnic Minorities & Torch Festival

Sichuan Province

July 16 – 27, 2017

8 participants only

Pre-Workshop Extension: July 13 – 16

Tea Houses in Chengdu

(ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT)



ATTENTION: This workshop has a unique structure. From a base location, we’ll have daily excursion to remote villages, where you’ll be able to photograph the Yi and other Minority cultures. The Yi is one of the most unique cultures in China, where most of the villagers haven’t seen Westerners. To be welcomed into the villages and for best photography experience, we will split the group into sub-group of 3 participants. Each day, we will rotate villages, so that everybody has a chance to photograph each village.

In addition, we’ll also photograph the Torch Festival. Twice a year, the Yi minorities gather in common “towns” to compete and display their traditions, such as bull fighting, sheep fighting, wrestling, torch lighting and more. The environment is magical with hillside, narrow pathways, and traditional ancient homes. The grand landscape complements the rural villages, making for memorable images.

If China is likened to a garden, the minority people in Sichuan are exotic flowers. Sichuan is one of the multi-ethnic provinces in the country. In addition to the Han people, there live another 52 out of China's 56 ethnic groups, including the Yi, Tibetan, Qiang, Miao, Hui, Tujia, Naxi, Lisu, Bouyei, Manchu, Dai, Zhuang, Bai, and Mongolian minority peoples.
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Here is a quote from the Tao de Ching (translated by Stephen Mitchell), which give you an idea on how this workshop could enhance your photographic vision:

A good artist lets his intuition
Lead him wherever it wants.
A good scientist has freed himself of concepts
And keeps his mind open to what is.
Thus the Master is available to all people
And doesn't reject anyone.
He is ready to use all situations
And doesn't waste anything.
This is called embodying the light.


Our goals are multiple folds, with the following cropping to the top: We want to make your experience memorable by taking you to a place most Westerners don't know about. We want to share more than just photography so you can discover new ways of thinking and improving your personal photographic vision. We want you to come back and be radiant as we are.

China is changing like the rest of the world, except that changes in China are much more pronounced and quick. Chinese philosophers have been praising this place for centuries and for good reasons. Come and experience it with your own eyes and soul.
Based on past experience, we have simplified complex logistic, so we can enjoy this part of remote China with health, safety and creativity in mind. We will travel in 4x4 vehicles to the villages accompanied by local guides, which is critical to gain access to the minority homes, schools, fields and worship places. As previously stated, we are keeping the group very small to enhance the photography and cultural experiences. Overall, you’ll gain access to places that have seen very few photographers (Asian and Westerners included).

Pre-workshop extension: Tea Houses, Chengdu

Chengdu is known for the history of their tea. They still have traditional tea houses, that were build during the Mao regime. Local people come every day to enjoy their tea and discuss the latest news and gossips.
The setting in the tea houses is a photographer’s paradise with old “chinese” paraphernalia, light shafts beaming inside the tea house, and smoke from the traditional brick oven.

Dates Recap:
July 13 (Optional): Arrive in Chengdu (CTU) for pre-workshop (Tea House)
July 16: Arrive in Xichan (XIC) for Sichuan Minorities workshop and Torch Festival
July 27: Depart from Xichan (XIC) any time


Hope to see you in the Sichuan Province in mid July.


Registration: (ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT)

Single Occupancy: $5,800

Pre-Workshop extension (Tea House):
Single Occupancy: $600

Deposit (non-refundable):
$500 (Single Occupancy) – Workshop
$1,100 (Single Occupancy) – Pre Workshop Extension + Workshop



Deposit Only

NOTE: Everybody is upgraded to single occupancy ☺
Balance payment due by May 1, 2017, payable by check
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Oliver Klink has been photographing in China for the past 13 years. He has visited many minority cultures and National Parks in Sichuan, Hunan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Fujian and more provinces. His image, “Herding Instinct” won the grand prize at the Rayko International Photocontest in 2014, others have received “mentioned” in the Black and White Spidar Awards for the past 5 years. “China is changing rapidly, as the traditions in remote villages are vanishing. We travel with unique privileges from local guides and field experts, and where Westerners have seldom been seen.

Jeffrey Tang, field expert, has been my guide in China for the past 8 years. His strength is to connect with the local people and make us feel “welcome with them”. His attentive demeanor and attention to details enable us to travel safely and give us privileged access that will make your images “stand out”.

We’ll have many local guides, critical to gain access to the villages and families. They provide the latest information on festival schedule, special activities, and “ways in” to places you only dream about!



- Photographing with special access to minority villages
- Photographing Torch Festival at two locations
- Model shoots
- Daily review of images (emphasis on “what else can I do”)
- Brainstorming sessions (theme, story telling, portfolio, hero shots)
- Post processing and workflow (efficiency, accuracy, quality)



- 12 days of guided photoshoot
- Accommodation, Meals, ground transportation
- Special permits & Model shoots
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop

Not Included :
- Transportation to and from Xichang (XIC)
- Transport from Xichang airport to hotel
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Xichang
- Tips to local staff



Single: $5,800

Deposit (non-refundable):
$500 (Single Occupancy)

Full payment due by May 1, 2017 (payable by check)



Registration: $5,800
Deposit: $500

Terms and Conditions




- Moderate walking on trails and uneven rocky paths.
- Weather can be challenging. Be prepared for moody sky.
- We are staying in local hotels, eating freshly cooked local Chinese cuisine with lots of vegetables, soup, local meat (not spicy).
- We are traveling on ultra-modern highways to the local unpaved roads.
- However, the photographic opportunities are incredible. It is an amazing adventure and photographic experience.



Tea Houses in Chengdu (July 13 – July 16, 2017)

- Access to famous tea houses in Chengdu
- Photoshoot of local people
- Timed to get the atmospheric light inside the tea houses

Included:
- 3 days of photoshoots
- Airport transfer from and to Chengdu Airport (CTU)
- Airport transfer from Xichang Airport (XIC) at start the workshop
- Accommodation, Meals, ground transportation
- Special permits & Model shoots
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop

Not Included :
- Transportation to and from Chengdu (CTU)
- Transportation to and from Xichang (XIC) for the workshop
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Chengdu
- Tips to local staff

Cost for the pre-workshop extension:

Single: $600



Where: Sichuan Province (China)
When: July 16 -27, 2017
Who: Oliver Klink, Jeffrey Tang, and local guides
Airport: Xichang (XIC)
Accommodations: Local hotels (single occupancy)
Weather: 65 – 90F. Moody Sky
Cost: $5,800

Pre-Workshop Extension:
Where: Chengdu (China)
When: July 13-16, 2017
Who: Oliver Klink, Local guide
Airport: Chengdu (CTU)
Accommodations: Hotel (single occupancy)
Weather: 65 – 90F
Cost: $600

Workshop details for Sichuan Ethnic Minorities and Torch Festival (China)

Agenda

12 days of guided photoshoot and reviews
July 16 – 27, 2017
Note: Itinerary and activities might change based on weather conditions

Pre-workshop Extension: Tea House, Chengdu

Extension Day 1: (July 13) Arrival in Chengdu.
Airport pick up.
Dinner

Extension Day 2: (July 14) Tea House, Chengdu

Extension Day 3: (July 15) Tea House, Chengdu

Extension Day 4: (July 16) Flight to Xichang (XIC)
Airport Transfer
Flight not included


Sichuan Minority and Torch Festival Workshop

Day 1: (July 16) Arrival in Xichang (IC).
Airport pick up.
Dinner

Day 2: Xichang Torch Festival
- Competitions (bull fighting, sheep fighting, wrestling)
- Torch illumination

Day 3: Xichang Torch Festival
- Minority Culture performances

Day 4: Drive to Butuo
- Visit one village on the way

Day 5-7: Torch Festival in Butuo
- Competitions (bull fighting, sheep fighting, wrestling)
- Minority Culture performances
- Model Shoots
- Torch Illumination

Day 8: Visit village #1 (Group rotation)
- Local guide introduce the group to Yi minority villages
- Traditional living

- Day 9: Visit village #2 (Group rotation)
- Local guide introduce the group to Yi minority villages
- Traditional living

- Day 10: Visit village #3 (Group rotation)
- Local guide introduce the group to Yi minority villages
- Traditional living

Day 11: Drive back to Xichang
- Visit one village on the way

Day 12 (July 27): Transfer to Xichang airport
- Breakfast

What to Bring

Upon signing up for the workshop, you’ll receive a detailed coursebook describing what to bring, recommended camera gears, booking your flight, extra activities pre or post workshop.

Clothing: (temperature ranges from 60 – 90F)
- Comfortable layered clothes (neutral color recommended)
- Sturdy shoes (walking on uneven pavement)
- Hat, sunglasses, and sun screen
- Rain gears/windbreaker
- Knee pads for low angle shooting

Camera Equipment:
- Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
- Lens for portraiture: 100-200mm
- Lens for grand scene: 10 – 50mm
- Lens for “street”: 35 – 100mm
- Recommended to bring fast lenses (F1.8, F2.8, etc.)
- Tripod

Other Equipment (Optional):
- Small notepad (notes, observations, …)
- Flash with diffuser

Photography Review Equipment (Recommended):
- Laptop (with power cord), memory card downloader
- Post processing software (Lightroom, Photoshop, plug-ins)
- External hard drives (backup)

Logistics

This workshop includes:
- 12 days of guided photoshoot
- Accommodation, Meals, ground transportation
- Special permits & Model shoots
- Small group (maximum 8 people)
- Daily reviews (including tips on post processing, file management, idea to build portfolio)
- One instructor, One local expert, special local guides

The pre-workshop includes:
- 3 days of guided photoshoot
- Accommodation, Meals, ground transportation
- Special permits & Model shoots
- Small group (maximum 8 people)
- One instructor, One local expert

Not Included:
- Visa Application
- Transportation to and from Xichang Airport (XIC)
- Transport from Xichang airport to hotel
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Xichang
- Tips to local staff
- Local flight from Chengdu to Xichang (XIC)

Travel Recommendations:
- Plan on arriving in Xichang on or before July 16. Your return flight can be booked anytime on July 27
- We can assist with booking extra nights in Xichang (pre workshop) and airport transportation
- For pre-workshop attendees, plan on arriving in Chengdu (CTU) on or before July 13

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