With four million miles and over a billion residents, China is full of subjects to photograph. No matter what your interest is in, you can be sure to discover something in China.
Though all four seasons offer unique sights, spring provides beauty to exceed the rest.
To aid your travels, we have made a list of the locations that are the best for spring photography.
Known for its nine rivers, Xitang blends the beauty of nature with 900-year old bridges and homes. First settled during the Ming dynasty, much of Xitang’s original architecture remains intact.
Furthermore, as an operating village, Xitang’s residents still live the traditional Chinese lifestyle. This gives you the chance to capture the image of centuries old Southeastern China today.
When visiting Xitang, don’t be discouraged by the frequent rain. We find it enhances the scenery more than it detracts from it, and you may end up agreeing with us!
Between the beauty of nature and the centuries-old architecture, Xitang is a great choice for spring photography.
Photographing Xidi and Hongcun
Separated by only 15 kilometers, the villages of Xidi and Hongcun are often referred to in tandem.
Like Xitang, both show stunning conservation of centuries old architectural style.
Consisting of over 100 preserved homes, there is plenty to capture in these two villages. Because of this, the villages were added to the World Heritage List, ensuring their future preservation.
While you’re there, keep a close eye on the way the water reflects the image of the homes.
Photographing the Longji Rice Terraces
For a glimpse into the Chinese countryside, you may prefer the Longji rice terraces.
Unfortunately, the Longji rice terraces are often overlooked on tours of the country. Because of this, many photographers are unaware of their beauty.
Sculpted from the sloping hillside, the terraces give an image of where nature meets man. The fields are stunning to see in the spring when the stalks are lush and ready for harvest.
Additionally, the terraces are home to two indigenous peoples: the Zhuang and the Yao.
Recognizable by their distinctive outfits and their homes in the hills, they provide images you’ll find nowhere else.
As a tip: don’t give up if the rice terraces don’t provide you a perfect picture right away. The light and shadow change often, casting different impressions across the fields. This leads to drastic changes in short amounts of time.
Also, keep an eye out for the rolling mists, which add charm to these sculpted hillsides.
For more detailed tips on capturing Chinese landscapes, check out our article on the photographing landscapes!
Conclusion: Spring Photography in China
Though this list is only a brief display of three wonderful regions, there is no shortage of prime sights in China for spring photography.
From architectural, to historical, to anthropological, any photographer could find beauty in China.
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