I am interested in traveling to China for photography and would appreciate any recommendations on travel companies specializing in photography tour packages. Especially any first hand experiences with such companies and specific packages. I am leaning toward a flexible "go on your own" type of excursion but may consider a group tour. The areas I am interested in are: Li River, Guilin, Xian, Beijing.
I thought you might be interested to know that Grasshopper Adventures offer a specialized photo tour in China - I know this because I'm the photographer who accompanies their tours
We chose China for our first photo tours because the people are so friendly, generous and willing to be photographed. The country offers a wealth of scenic beauty and diversity of subjects, while being very comfortable to travel in.
I saw on the discussion board a few questions about carrying gear into China. Neither myself nor any of our passengers have been troubled with multiple cameras and lenses upon arrival in Beijing or Shanghai. Just make sure you have a valid visa to enter China as a tourist and you can expect to be treated with the utmost courtesy.
There are no shortages of small group tours in China to recommend, TravelIndochina and Peregrine Adventures being two of the better ones, but if you want a dedicated photo tour and a group of like minded people then drop me a line - www.ewenbell.com