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China: Snub Nose Monkeys & Spring Festival

Jan 30 - 4, 2019

8 participants

NOTE: As a heads up, this is the last time this workshop will be taught. Don't delay your registration.

In this workshop, we will focus on three special events in China: Snub Nose Monkeys, the Terracotta Warriors, and Spring Festival.

The golden snub-nosed monkey is an Old World monkey in the Colobinae subfamily. It is endemic to a small area in temperate, mountainous forests of central and Southwest China. They inhabit these mountainous forests of Southwestern China at elevations of 1,500-3,400 m above sea level. The Chinese name is Sichuan golden hair monkey (川金丝猴).

We will have many photoshoots to capture large families of monkeys interacting with each other and their babies. At this time of the year, there are very few visitors, which enable us to get tide portraiture.

In the City, where we start the workshop, Xian, we will visit the famous the Terra Cotta Warriors.
The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.

The figures, dating from approximately the late third century BCE, were discovered in 1974 by local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, Shaanxi province. The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. Estimates from 2007 were that the three pits containing the Terracotta Army held more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses.

Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, is on February 16. According to the Chinese Zodiac, it will be the year of the Dog,
It is the grandest and the most important annual event for Chinese people and a great chance to experience the folk customs!

We will have special access to experience the Spring Festival! An event not to be missed.

See you in China in February 2018 for this unique adventure.


Registration (Jan 30 - Feb 4, 2019)
Double Occupancy: $2,900
Single supplement: $500

Deposit (non-refundable):
$400 (Double Occupancy)
$600 (Single Occupancy)


Balance payment due by October 15, 2018 (payable by check)

Questions? Need additional information, please contact Oliver Klink


Oliver Klink has been photographing in China for the past 13 years. He has visited many minority cultures and National Parks in 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”.

Local staff members (drivers, helpers) who enrich our stay with the most current information, special activities, and “ways in” to places you only dream about!

- Photographing wildlife with special access (monkeys)
- Photographing Spring festival (night photography)
- 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)

- 7 days of guided photoshoot
- Accommodation, meals, ground transportation
- Special permits, private photoshoots, all entrance fees
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop

- Not Included :
- Transportation to Xian International Airport (XIY)
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Tips to local staff

Double Occupancy: $2,900
Single Supplement: $500

Deposit (non-refundable):
$400 (Double Occupancy)
$600 (Single Occupancy)

Full payment due by October 15, 2018 (payable by check)

Registration: $2,900
Single Supplement: $600

Terms and Conditions

- The workshop takes place during winter, where low temperatures are the norm in the region we visit. Weather can be challenging. Be prepared for moody sky and cold temperature.
- Up to 1/2 mile walking on trails and wood platform to gain various accesses to monkeys and the ancient villages.
- We are staying in local hotels and rustic guest houses.
- We are eating freshly cooked local Chinese cuisine with lots of vegetables, soup, and local meat (not spicy). Chopsticks are the common “silverware”.
- 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.

Where: Xian, China
When: January 30 - Feb 4, 2019
Who: Oliver Klink, Jeffrey Tang, local staffs
Airport: Xian Interantional Airport (XIY) – Start and conclusion of workshop
Accommodations: Local hotels (single or double occupancy)
Weather: 30 – 45F. Moody Sky
Cost: $2,900 ($600 Single supplement)

Workshop details for Snub Nose Monkeys and Spring Festival (click on a tab)


January 30 - February 4, 2019

Note: Itinerary and activities might change based on weather conditions

7 days on the ground to photograph Snub Nose Monkeys and the Spring Festival in Xian.

Day 1 (D) January 30, 2019:
- Arrive at Xian International Airport (XIY)
- Transfer to hotel
- Recover from jetlag

Day 2 (B,L,D)
- Travel to Foping Natural Preserve
- Photoshoot #1, Snub Nose Monkeys– Afternoon

Day 3 (B,L,D):
- Photoshoot #2 – Snub Nose Monkeys–Morning
- Visit the ground to photograph other wildlife (pandas, crested ibis, golden pheasant, etc.)
- Private Photoshoot #3 – Snub Nose Monkeys – Afternoon

Day 4 (B,L,D):
- Private Photoshoot #4 – Morning
- Visit the ground to photograph other wildlife (pandas, ibis, etc.)
- Private Photoshoot #5 – Snub Nose Monkeys – Afternoon

Day 5 (B,L,D):
- Travel to Xian
- Visit of Spring Festival special activities
- Evening: Spring Festival

Day 6 (B,L,D):
- Visit Terra Cotta Warriors ground
- Spring Festival special activities

Day 7 (B,L,D): (February 4)
- Transfer to Xian international Airport (XIY)
- Conclusion of workshop

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, and more.

Clothing: (temperature ranges from low 30F to 45F)
- Warm Clothes (layers, dawn jacket, Gore-Tex shell, ski pants, winter hat, gloves, and thermal underwear)
- Winter boots
- Hands and feet warmers
- Knee pads (for low angle shooting)
Camera Equipment:
- DSLR (bring your camera manual), extra battery (and charger)
- Recommended Lenses:
Wildlife portrait: 100-400mm+
Wildlife environmental: 70-200mm
Spring festival: 16–70mm
- Tripod (Optional)
Other Equipment (Optional):
- Small notepad (notes, observations, write down questions)
- Camera raingear (Kata, Kirk, or just heavy garbage bags) to protect against water and condensation

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

Valid passport and visa for travel to China


This is an all-inclusive workshop (ground transportation, lodging, meals, local guide, private photoshoots, photo instruction). It also includes all the entrée fees for the Foping Natural Preserve and Spring Festival. The workshop does not include flight to Xian International Airport (XIY)

Workshop comprises...
- 7 days on the ground in China
- All meals, accommodation, private car transportation
- All entrance fees
- Photoshoots at the Snub Nose Monkeys
- Coursebook and orientation materials
- Small group (maximum 8 people)
- Daily reviews (including tips on post processing, file management, idea to build portfolio)
- One instructor, One local expert, two local guides, drivers

Not Included:
- Visa Application
- Transportation to Xian International Airport (XIY) – start of workshop
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Tips to local staff

Travel Recommendations:
- Plan on arriving in Xian International Airport (XIY) on January 30 (anytime) or sooner if you want additional time to recover from jetlag. Your return flight can be booked any time on February 4 from Xian airport (XIY).
- We can assist with booking extra nights in Xian Airport (MDG) (pre workshop) and airport transportation.

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