Xiapu Mudflat(Chinese name: 霞浦泥滩 Chinese Pinyin: xiá pǔ ní tān ) is a humble but favorite destination for who are enthusiastic about photography, especially for photographers. Although Xiapu is a simple and crude place, but visitors can see the most local life and take the most beautiful photos here. Xiapu is a small region along the southeast China coastline in Fujiang Province, China. The closest hub of Xiapu Mudflat is Fuzhou, Province capital of Fujian. It is about 175 kilometers away. Fuzhou can be reached to main cities in the country by flights, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Xian. Xiupa Mudflat is the largest mudflat in the country, encompassing 40 square kilometers and more than 400 kilometers of coastline. Xiapu County in Fujian Province attracts a lot of tourists and photographers from home and abroad for its unique coastal scenery. Xiapu ranks the first place on the list of "Top 10 Paradises for Photographers" by CHIP FOTO-VIDEO Digital Photographers, a famous Chinese professional photography magazine.
In addition to its tiger-striped beaches, bamboo structures and poles, buoys and fishing vessels provide human counterpoints to the natural beauty of this area. There are a variety of things for photography in Xiapu mudflats all year round, for the laboring work is different throughout the year.
In March and April, it is best time to take photos of Yangjia River and the villagers who are fishing in the river.Yangjiaxi River is located northwest to Xiapu County. It is famous of ancient elegant banyan trees and a very enrich maple forest. Except those unspoiled scenery, you can also take a bamboo raft down the river to experience a tranquil rural country life. If you enter before 7 am or after 5 pm, no entrance fee needed. To get to Yangjiaxi River, you can get on a bus heading to Sandhazhen(三沙镇) at the Xiapu county centre. The frequency of the bus is 15 minutes and this trip will cost you 8 yuan and 25 minute.
Mudflat is deposition plain in the waterside of rivers, lakes or sea. It is the general term of marshlands, river banks, lake banks and sea beach. It refers to the coastal beaches, which is defined as the coastal zone tidelands between high tide and low tide, flats between normal water level and flood hydrograph, or the flatland between normal pool level and maximum flood level for reservoir and pits. According to the material composition of tidal components, the mudflat can be divided into the rock beach, sand beach or mudflats three categories. According tide, width and slope of mudflat, it can be divided into high-tide beach, middle-tide beach and low-tide beach. Because of the diverse types of shores, the effect of water flow and river sediment concentration and other factors, some shores are erodes by water. Some of them extend to the land, while some of them extend to the water. Mudflat is not only an important land resources and space resources, but also contains a variety of minerals, biological and other marine resources. The main advantage of mudflat is used for reclamation.
1. You'd better wear good hiking shoes or sneakers, for mudflats are muddy, wet and rugged mountain rocks sometimes.
2. Xiapu mudflats is linked closely tidal rise and fall. You must be sure to inquire about the rising tide of the season for advance, so that you take the best photos that you want. In addition, you should be concerned about the weather changes, we must avoid the typhoon season. Spring and autumn are generally good seasons to go. In winter, November is the best season to shoot seaweed
3. For people mainly go to Xiapu to shoot for beach fishing, seaweed farming, drying nets, sunrise and sunset at sea, natural scenery, so you should generally carry a telephoto lens that can reach 400 long and also carry a stable tripod for support.
4. Xiapu is near to the sea side, but for shooting locations are usually far away from where you live, you must travel work from down to dusk to see the most beautiful views. Therefore, you should bring jackets, flashlight and enough warm clothes, as well as rain gear in case of changing coastal weather.