China September 1-14, 2012 Day 7

Mid-way through our China trip we spend some relaxing time on and near the Li River.  We travel from Guilin to Yangshuo – this section is the masterpiece of any trip on the Li River through northeastern Guangxi Province.  Gorgeous Karst limestone peaks surprise at every bend.  Water buffalo patrol the fields, peasants reap rice paddies, school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts., and many people swim and fish in the river.  With its breathtaking scenery and taste of life far removed from the concrete metropolis’ of Beijing and Shanghai, the scenery along the Li River transports one to a peaceful state of mind and is one of the most photogenic areas of all of China.

Canon 5D MK III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @ 40mm, 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 250, Tiffen Circular Polarizer & Grad ND filter, Lexar Digital Film, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

M&M Photo Tours, Inc. is the only major photo tour company that operates a photo tour dedicated to the Li River and its environs.  This trip takes place every year in September and gets one off the beaten path to explore the small villages of the river.

Canon 5D MK III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @ 105mm, 1/500, f/4, ISO 250, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

Like every other area in China people are working hard to earn a living.  Many families on and near the river operate taxi services along the river.  It sure beats being stuck in traffic anywhere else in China – no smog, dirt, noise, or stress.

Canon 5D MK III, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS @ 70mm, 1/320, f/7.1, ISO 200, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

The area is also another prime area to grow rice.  The two combined make for some awesome image possibilities.

Canon 5D MK III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @ 24mm, 1/200, f/10, ISO 250, Tiffen Circular Polarizer & Grad ND filter, Lexar Digital Film, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

We hope you take some time and learn a bit about the Li River and consider making a visit to enjoy all that the area has to offer.  It is one of our favorite places on tour and a great place to challenge your photographic skills.  The people, their lifestyle, and simplicity of things here lowers your blood pressure and helps you enjoy what life is all about – appreciating things around you.

Canon 5D MK III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @ 105mm, 1/200, f/4, ISO 250, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

For those of you that love B&W images the shapes and weather of the Li River and the limestone peaks lend themselves to numerous opportunities to create images that only your imagination limit.

Canon 5D MK III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @ 105mm, 1/320, f/10, ISO 200, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

M&M hopes you enjoy this post and we look forward to you joining us next September as we travel through China and visit the Li River area.

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