Shannon’s photography walking tour starts at The Yonghegong Lama Temple and continues for three hours through central Beijing’s northern historic hutong district. It is an insider’s take on the contemporary backstreet alleyways that made up the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties, and is the perfect introduction to the Chinese capital for photo enthusiast beginners as well as those with a dose of professional grade experience.

Shannon’s tour will include one-on-one mentoring to learn more about photography, all the while taking exceptional snaps at vivid off-the-beaten-path sites.  So don a hat, lace up your comfortable walking shoes, gather your sense of adventure, and come up with any questions that you might have about photography, and about experiencing China.  It’s a three-hour excursion of hands-on excitement, led by a Beijinger who’s lived many a photographic moment.

  • Starting Point: Yonghegong Temple
  • Date: Saturday December 20th, 14:00 – 17:00
  • Price: 300 RMB, 250 for members.

Participants are encouraged to travel with a DSLR camera or standard point and shoot. Please note that the meeting point will be in front of Costa Coffee at the corner of Wudaoying Hutong and Yonghegong Dajie, about 100 meters south of the 2nd Ring Road and Yonghegong Qiao.


After growing up in Memphis, TN, Shannon Fagan spent a decade in New York City developing a career in assignment and stock photography for clients such as Intel, BMW, Time, Fortune, and the New Yorker before relocating to Beijing in 2011.  He has served on the board of directors and committee chairs for The American Photographic Artists and American Society of Media Photographers, and was President of the Stock Artists Alliance.  Shannon’s experience in China includes the creation and lead of a production operation for commercial images used by international companies to advertise their Asia-based operations.  Past tour attendees have found equal interest in discussing with Shannon the components of expat life and work in China together with creative planning aspects of picture-making for a global audience and overall directions of the photographic industry at large.