Painting in China - the experience of a lifetime.
Can you imagine a group painting trip in China?
Having organised 5 such trips, every time I love to see that people are pleasantly surprised by how different and unexpected the experience is from what they had ever imagined.
What’s it like?
Honestly, it’s a life changing experience. China is not what you see in the news, polluted and overcrowded. Sure there are areas like that around Beijing, but 99% of this country is pure beauty and that’s what we go there to paint.
We go painting in the ancient picturesque villages and fairytale mountains of old China. Staying in lovely hotels, with a bus at the door, we have an array of subjects to choose from. Rivers, little old covered bridges, fields of flower tea, ponds of lotus, rustic little villages, and precipitous peaks.
This is a very rich and exotic environment, full of history and beauty. I LOVE IT! That’s why I want to take you there, and with Richard’s guidance I am really excited to see the paintings that come from the experience.
For contrast we start off in Shanghai, where we get to shop for art materials and anything else you could want in Shanghai’s most famous shopping street, offering high quality goods at very cheap prices. China is now the world’s largest consumer of luxury goods and the department stores in Shanghai, boutiques and restaurants are top international standard.
Dining is very important on this trip. We go to some outstanding international restaurants in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong, then concentrate on wonderful local dishes in the country locations. Amazing food! I have designed this trip to be a rich experience for the non painter as well, by having all our locations in interesting places.
Some of the cultural differences can be confronting for a Westerner, but you get to experience that within the comfort of the group and it’s always great fun and often hilarious sharing those new experiences. You might for instance feel a slight twinge in the tummy on eating your first deep fried scorpion (tastes like peanut butter), or find yourself gawking at the produce on display in an open food market. (very interesting!)
I often tell people before they arrive in China that a day there is worth two anywhere else, the sights, sounds and smells of this exotic beautiful country are enough to overwhelm you at every turn. Few people completely believe me when I tell them that, but by the end of the trip they’ve discovered exactly what I mean, and have a bunch of new friends that they’ve gained, enjoying the adventure together.
- Eve Skerrett
China Painting Workshop Organiser
- Richard Robinson
Come join us this year for an unforgettable painting workshop!
HELLOOOO CHINA! October 15 – 30, 2016
15 days of sightseeing and painting in 5 of China's iconic locations. Experience fine dining, excellent hotels, and an in depth encounter with both modern and ancient China!
Register at: www.paintchinatours.com
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