Thomas Dawson Photography - 'Capturing the Mystery' | Fall trip to Amazing China 2018

In October of 2018, I'll be heading back to China in order to shoot some of the most incredible and otherworldly landscapes on the planet.

The feature locations will include Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area and HuangLong (featuring beautiful aquamarine coloured lakes and vivid Fall colours), Zhangjiajie National Park (featuring the Avatar mountains), Hangshan (the unique Yellow Mountains), Sanqingshan (lesser known but equally as beautiful mountains), Guilin (featuring the amazing Reed Flute Cave) and nearby Xing Ping (featuring the endless karst mountains set amidst the Li River and the famous Cormorant Fisherman show) and the Longji Rice Terraces.

If you're interested in having me guide you to the best photographic spots at one or two of the feature locations, please send me an email at which point I'll provide more details and fee structures:    

I'll be spending a week to two weeks at each feature location and they'll be done in the following order; Jiuzhaigou and HuangLong (mid October), Zhangjiajie (end of October into early November), Huangshan Yellow Mountains (mid November), Sanqingshan (mid to end of November), Guilin / Xing Ping / Longji Rice Terraces (beginning of December).

One of a KindOne of a KindThis is one of my favorite peaks at Zhangjiajie National Park in China. One can only wonder as to how many more years or centuries this amazing formation can stay standing tall in such a delicate balancing act.

The famous Hallelujah Mountain at Zhangjiajie. 

Jagged ZenJagged ZenThis was likely my favorite view up in the mountains of Sanqingshan.

One of my favourite scenes at Sanqingshan Mountains. 

The Cormorant FishermanThe Cormorant FishermanThis is an iconic region of Xing Ping in Guangxi Province. The cormorant fisherman tops off the scene.

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The famous Cormorant Fisherman of Xing Ping. 


Jiuzhai PaletteJiuzhai PaletteBeautiful Fall colours in combination with the blues and turquoises of Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area.
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The amazing colours of Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area. 


Symphony of BluesSymphony of BluesThis shot was taken inside the extraordinary Reed Flute Cave near Guilin China. It wasn’t the largest cave I saw in China but it had the nicest formations. There was absolutely no wind inside the cave which resulted in a perfectly clear reflection in the pool of water.

The otherworldly Reed Flute Cave near Guilin. 

Tangled in TurquoiseTangled in TurquoiseThe amazingly clear waters allows one to see the maze of fallen trees in one of the lakes at Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area.
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One of many aquamarine coloured lakes at Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area. 

Entering Mysterious LandsEntering Mysterious LandsHaunting mist at Zhangjiajie National Park.
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The mystical mountains of Zhangjiajie.

Sanqing MeditationSanqing MeditationThis was one of my favorite spots at Sanqingshan.
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This shot shows the path that was built along the side of the mountains at Sanqingshan. 

Jagged FlutesJagged FlutesThis is a shot I took inside the incredible Reed Flute Cave near Guilin, China. I actually had to lower the saturation levels because the scene was so colourfully lit.

Another sample of the amazing formations in the Reed Flute Cave.

Yellow Mountain VistaYellow Mountain VistaSeeing the low lying mist at Huangshan during my last day got me pretty excited about shooting.
I ran around to several vistas and had a lot of fun while doing so!
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Low lying mist at Huangshan Yellow Mountains. 

Gift of the GodsGift of the GodsOne of my new favorite spots at Zhangjiajie National Park.

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More amazing mountains at Zhangjiajie National Park. 









Mist moving in at Huangshan. Whipping up the MistWhipping up the MistOn day one at Huangshan it was a fog fest and I barely even got a glimpse of the mountains, but on day two it was like the mist followed me around with a consistently good ratio of mist to mountain visibility and this combination gave me all kinds of opportunities to get shots like this one when it partially cleared.
One minute the cloud would be so thick that I could only see the tree in front of me but then the next, it flew out of there so quickly that I had to have my finger on the shutter button at all times so as to not miss the best moments.
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Misty CliffMisty CliffMagical Mist wafting through one of the many beautiful areas of Zhangjiajie National Park.

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One of the lesser known spots at Zhangjiajie National Park. 

Natural PondsNatural PondsThis shot features just a section of the beautiful five coloured pond up in the mountains at Huang Long, China.

The uniquely beautiful ponds high up in the mountains of HuangLong. 


The Giant is WatchingThe Giant is WatchingThis is the Giant Stone Buddha in Leshan, China. It is the largest outdoor, stone carved Buddha in the world. You can get a sense of how huge it is by looking at how tiny the people are in the upper right of the image.


The Giant Leeshan Buddha.