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China: Tigers, Pandas and Ice Festival

Heilongjiang & Sichuan Provinces

January 19 - 29, 2019

8 participants only

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

During this workshop you'll have a chance to photograph two iconic Chinese wildlife species (Siberian Tigers and Giant Pandas), minority villages, and the very unique ice festival in Harbin.

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 winter fairy tale landscape and full access to the park with little distraction from other visitors.

We'll then photograph various pandas (Giant, Red) in Chengdu Nature Preserve. The preserve imitates the natural habitat of the giant pandas, which provides outstanding opportunities for environmental images. The Giant Pandas are Chinese National treasures. They are found only in the Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces.

The Harbin ice festival is truly unique. Local artists carve exquisite scenes from around the world out of ice and snow. Huge palaces, mythical creatures, famous people, religious icons are illuminated at night and provide photographic opportunities like nothing you have seen before. The festival is over 50 years old and still unknown to most Westerners.

We'll finally 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, special fee to photograph the pandas, 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 China in February.


Registration (January 19-29, 2019)
Double Occupancy: $6,900
Single Supplement: $800

Deposit (non-refundable):
$600 (Double Occupancy)
$800 (Single Occupancy)

Deposit (Non-refundable)

Balance payment due by September 30, 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”.

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

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 (tigers, pandas)
- Photographing ice 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)

- 10 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 Mudanjiang Hailang Airport (MDG)
- Flight from Harbin (HBR) to Chengdu (CTU) (January 24)
- Inbound Flight from Chengdu (CTU) to your home (January 29)
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Tips to local staff

Double Occupancy: $6,900
Single Supplement: $800

Deposit (non-refundable):
$600 (Double Occupancy)
$800 (Single Occupancy)

Full payment due by September 30, 2018 (payable by check)

Registration: $6,900
Single Supplement: $800

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 mile walking on trails and wood platform to gain various accesses to the tigers, the pandas, and the ancient villages.
- We are staying in local hotels and rustic guest houses. Beds can be hard, heating might be sub par, you might get warm water only at certain time of the day.
- 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: Heilongjiang & Sichuan Provinces (China)
When: February 5-15, 2018
Who: Oliver Klink, Jeffrey Tang, local staffs
Airport: Mudanjiang Hailang Airport (MDG) – Start of workshop, Chengdu (CTU) Conclusion of workshop
Accommodations: Local hotels (single or double occupancy)
Weather: 0 – 30F. Moody Sky
Cost: $6,900 ($800 Single supplement)

Workshop details for China Tigers, Pandas, and Ice Festival (click on a tab)


January 19-29, 2019

Note: Itinerary and activities might change based on weather conditions

10 days on the ground to photograph Siberian Tigers, Giant Pandas and the Ice Festival in Harbin.

Day 1 (D) January 19, 2019:
- Arrive at Mudanjiang Hailang Airport (MDG)
- Transfer to hotel
- Recover from jetlag

Day 2 (B,L,D) January 20:
- Travel to the Siberian Tiger Park
- Private Photoshoot #1 – Morning
- Visit the ground of the Siberian Tiger Park
- Private Photoshoot #2 – Afternoon

Day 3 (B,L,D):
- Travel to the Siberian Tiger Park
- Private Photoshoot #3 – Morning
- Visit the ground of the Siberian Tiger Park
- Private Photoshoot #4 – Afternoon

Day 4 (B,L,D):
- Private Photoshoot #5 – Morning
- Drive to Harbin
- Visit Ancient Villages

Day 5 (B,L,D):
- Morning: Harbin Downtown
- Visit Ice Festival
- Evening: Ice and Lantern Festival

Day 6 (B,L,D) (January 24):
- Transfer to Harbin Airport
- Direct flight to Chengdu

Day 7 (B,L,D):
- Travel to Panda Preserve
- Photoshoot #1 - Morning
- Visit Pandas Enclosures
- Photoshoot #2 - Afternoon

Day 8 (B,L,D):
- Travel to Panda Preserve
- Photoshoot #3 - Morning
- Photoshoot #4 - Afternoon

Day 9 (B,L,D):
- Travel to Panda Preserve
- Photoshoot #5 - Morning
- Photoshoot #6 - Afternoon

Day 10 (B) (January 29): - Conclusion of workshop
- Transfer to Chengdu International Airport (CTU)

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 0F to 30F)
- 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
Ice festival: 16–70mm
- Tripod (Optional, will be mostly used at the Ice Festival and for landscape shots)
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 Siberian Tigers Preserve and the Pandas Preserve. The workshop does not include flight to Mudanjiang Hailang Airport (MDG) – start of the workshop on January 19, flight from Harbin to Chengdu (January 24), and return flight from out of Chengdu (CTU) on January 29 (anytime)

Workshop comprises...
- 10 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 the Panda Reserve
- 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 Mudanjiang Hailang Airport (MDG) – start of workshop
- Flight from Harbin to Chengdu airport on January 24
- Transportation out of Chengdu airport (January 29) – end of workshop
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Tips to local staff

Travel Recommendations:
- Plan on arriving in Mudanjiang Hailang Airport (MDG) on February 5 (anytime) or sooner if you want additional time to recover from jetlag. Your return flight can be booked any time on January 29 from Chengdu airport (CTU).
- We can assist with booking extra nights in Mudanjiang Hailang Airport (MDG) (pre workshop) and airport transportation.

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