Photography Workshop on the Tibetan Plateau - China

5-day tour around the Eastern part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, focusing on the monastic lifestyle and rituals in this relatively unexplored region.

Below is an outline of the tour.

Tibetan Buddhist monks stand outside of Labrang Monastery.

Tibetan Buddhist monks stand outside of Labrang Monastery.

Workshop Aims

The aim of this workshop is to introduce you to the people and cultures of this unique part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. We will focus on learning how to photograph in areas where religion is very evident, demanding a respectful and sensitive approach to your photography. We will guide you through the different approaches to adopt in these situations and offer help and guidance along the way.

At the same time, we will aim to build up a portfolio of work from each participant that represents your vision of the underlying themes of Tibetan buddhism, monastic life and spectacular scenery that we will have the opportunity to document throughout our trip. No matter what your level of photography, Sean will help establish individual goals for each participant in order to improve your level by the end of the trip.

Workshop participants taking pictures in a rapeseed field.

Workshop participants taking pictures in a rapeseed field.


Day 1 – Meet in morning for a portfolio review. In the afternoon take a trip to Kumbum monastery.

Day 2 – Depart Xining and drive to Rebgong (Tongren). Stop in Jenzha for lunch and continue through great landscapes arriving in Rebgong in early afternoon. Once in Rebgong visit the thangka artists village and Upper Wutan Monastery.

Day 3 – Visit Rongwu Monastery after breakfast. Depart Rebgong and drive to Labrang (Xiahe) traveling through the Ganjia grassland stopping to visit local Tibetan Nomads.

Day 4 – Spend the whole day in Labrang catching the morning and evening light. Labrang is a very famous monastic center in Amdo Tibet.

Day 5 – Drive back to Xining with great views of the Yellow River. That evening enjoy a party and slideshow of the trips photos.