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China: Siberian Tigers and Foliage

Heilongjiang Province

September 23-27, 2016

8 participants only

*** SOLD OUT ***

During this workshop you'll have a chance to photograph Siberian Tigers and the foliage in the Heilongjiang Province, Northern China.

The Siberian tiger is the largest felid in the world and is known as the King of the Forest. In the 1980s, it was listed as one of the first-class national protected animals of China. We'll photograph the tigers at the Siberian Tiger Park, which host over 500 purebred Siberian tigers and is the largest natural park of its kind in the world. We'll observe their behavior roaming in vehicles in a similar fashion as wildlife is photographed in Africa. At this time of the year, we’ll have a foliage fairy tale landscape and full access to the park.

The foliage is exquisite at this time of the year with birch trees turning yellow, grand landscape mixed with green, yellow and red trees, water reflection, and more. We'll also have the chance to photograph ancient villages. The villages are chosen for their preserved ancient culture. We'll photograph rural agricultural customs, families going thru their daily routines, the synergy between the elderly and the young generation. Even though China is going thru rapid changes and building mega cities, there are still pockets of undiscovered beauty seldom visited by Westerners.

This workshop is all inclusive: Lodging, all ground transportation, meals, special fee to photograph the tigers, entrance fees, english speaking guide, all meals, and photo instruction.

Our goals are multiple folds, with the following cropping to the top: We want to make your experience memorable by taking you to places 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 with renewed appreciation for older traditions and wildlife.

China is changing like the rest of the world, except that changes in China are rapid and much more pronounced. Chinese philosophers have been praising the places we visit for centuries and for good reasons. Come and experience it with your own eyes and soul.

See you in September in China.

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


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Oliver Klink has been photographing in China for the past 12 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 7 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”.

One local expert. The person is a well-regarded artist (photographer, painter, calligrapher), which will enhance our vision with local inspiration.

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

- Photographing Siberian Tigers with special access
- Photographing ancient villages with special access (model shoot)
- Photographing foliage on private land
- 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)

- 4 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 and from Mudanjiang (MDG)
- Transport from Mudanjiang (MDG) airport to hotel
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Mudanjiang
- Tips to local staff

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

Deposit (non-refundable):
$500 (Double Occupancy)
$600 (Single Occupancy)

Full payment due by July 15, 2016 (payable by check)

Registration: $2,900
Deposit: $600

Terms and Conditions

- The workshop takes place during the fall, when weather can be moody.
- Up to 1 mile walking on trails and wood platform to gain various accesses to the tigers, private land and the ancient villages.
- 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.

Where: Heilongjiang Province (China)
When: September 23-27, 2016
Who: Oliver Klink, Jeffrey Tang, local staffs
Airport: Mudanjiang (MDG)
Accommodations: Local hotels (single or double occupancy)
Weather: 45 - 80F. Moody Sky

Cost: $2,900 (+$600 single supplement)

Workshop details for Tigers & Foliage (China)


September 23-27, 2016

Note: Itinerary and activities might change based on weather conditions

4 days on the ground to photograph Siberian Tigers, Foliage and Ancient Villages.

Day 0 (Optional) – September 22, 2016:
- Arrive in Mudanjiang (MDG), recover from jetlag
- We can arrange airport transportation and hotel for you.

Day 1 (B,L,D) September 23:
- 7AM: start of the workshop
- Travel to the Siberian Tiger Park
- Private Photoshoot #1 - Afternoon

Day 2 (B,L,D):
- Siberian Tiger Park
- Private Photoshoot #2 - Morning
- Visit the ground of the Siberian Tiger Park
- Private Photoshoot #3 - Afternoon

Day 3 (B,L,D):
- Siberian Tiger Park
- Private Photoshoot #4 – Morning
- Photograph rare breeds (liger, white tiger, etc.)
- Ancient Village (Movie Set)

Day 4 (B,L,D):
- Sunrise – Foliage
- Grand Landscape (mixed trees, waterfall, water reflection)
- Travel to Mudanjiang (MDG)

Day 5 (B) (September 27): - 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 40F to 80F)
- Comfortable Clothes (layers, Gore-Tex jacket, light gloves & hat)
- Sturdy hiking shoes
- Knee pads (for low angle shooting)

Camera Equipment:
- DSLR (bring your camera manual), extra battery (and charger)
- Recommended Lenses:
Siberian Tigers portrait: 100-400mm
Wildlife environmental: 70-200mm
Ancient Villages: 24–105mm
Foliage: 16–200mm
- Tripod

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 (transportation, lodging, meals, local guide, photo instruction). It also includes all the entrée fees to the Siberian Tigers Preserve, private land, and ancient villages (movie set). The workshop does not include transportation to Harbin, China (start and conclusion of the workshop)

Workshop comprises...
- 4 days on the ground in China
- All meals, accommodation, private car transportation
- All entrance fees
- Feeding fee at the Siberian Tiger park
- Private photoshoots at the Tiger park
- Private photoshoots at ancient villages (movie set)
- Landscape photoshoot on private land
- 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, local staff

Not Included
- Visa Application
- Transportation to and from Mudanjiang (MDG)
- Transport to and from Mudanjiang (MDG) airport to hotel
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Mudanjiang (MDG)
- Tips to local staff

Travel Recommendations:
- Plan on arriving in Mudanjiang (MDG) no later than September 23 at 7AM. Your return flight can be booked any time on September 27.
- We can assist with booking extra nights in Harbin (pre workshop) and airport transportation.
- For people joining the Mongolia-Eagle Hunters workshop, we’ll provide flight and booking recommendation

Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance Suggestions:

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- TEN (Travelers Emergency Network) Emergency Evacuation Coverage
- Medjet Assist 1-800-527-7478

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