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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in China.
Immerse yourself in an intensive course of basic meditation, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi practice to relax, strengthen your body, and balance your internal energy. Experience genuine classes, accommodation and local meals, calligraphy arts, and Chinese massage therapy. Enjoy plenty of time for preparation and self-practice in the training areas available for use at any time.
The Yangshuo Traditional Tai Chi School offers single rooms, double room, and family room with private bathroom of western standard. All rooms have air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. All rooms are clean and retain the authentic feel of the ancient Qing Dynasty buildings. The school also has a lively common area for students to gather. There is also a washing machine available which is free to use.
Staying at the school is a great choice if you really want to immerse yourself in a traditional Tai Chi school environment. It provides both structured formal classes and the opportunity to learn more about Tai Chi and Chinese culture in a relaxed and informal way with the teachers and other students outside of class time.
The school is set in a beautiful Qing dynasty house which they have lovingly renovated for training purposes to allow the students to connect to the traditional school environment which has nurtured all the great Tai Chi masters.
The school is made by three buildings where you can find smaller training areas with a beautiful open courtyard out front, a traditional indoor training space, and two bigger outdoors covered training space surrounded by Qing dynasty houses of the village.
The school buildings also contain the rooms and a small courtyard area at the rear offers the shared facilities for the school including bathrooms, shower areas, and shared laundry facilities. The buildings also have an outdoor and indoor tea and DVD room, an indoor kitchen, dining area, and catering facilities where the chef cooks up an excellent selection of traditional and local Chinese dishes.
They have also just added a new mountain view training area, based behind the school on the side of the mountain commanding great views over the rest of the village and out on to the mountains beyond. It provides a great area to practice meditation and Qi Gong, or simply to relax, drink tea, and look out over the stunning scenery of the valley.
During this course, you will enjoy 20 hours of training, one 60-minute Chinese massage therapy along with plenty of free time to train by yourself. With the class training spread over five days, you will work through the basic foundation, learn a Tai Chi basic form (12 movements), and Yangshuo Traditional Tai Chi School will introduce you to meditation techniques and Qi Gong.
A full week at the school will enable you to truly share the culture of Qi Gong and Tai Chi. Next, to the daily training, it will allow you to have in-depth discussions with the experienced masters on all aspects of Tai Chi and how to incorporate it into your daily life. You will also have plenty of opportunities to learn and practice with other students staying at the school.
Classes run from Monday to Friday and include a warm-up and flexibility training, Qi Gong movements, meditation, and Tai Chi. The day is structured according to the following schedule:
Students are welcome to use the facilities for exercise and self-practice outside of class times.
YuPing is from Guangdong Province Jieyang City, China. He is a level 6 master with over 20 years experience in both Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Joint head and co-founder of Yangshuo Traditional Tai Chi School, he started at nine years old and he has been practicing primarily Tai Chi for 20 years and has learned the whole of Chen style-forms, push hands, weapons, and theory from Master Lin JianXing. Later, he learned from Masters Chen Zheng Lei, Wang FuJing, Wang LaiQin, Wu MingQiang, and Xu Yakui in order to deepen his understanding of Tai Chi.
This training will take place at the Yangshuo Traditional Tai Chi School in Yangshuo, China. The school is located in scenic Jima Village just inside the Yulong Ecological Park, only a few minutes away from the center of Yangshuo. Jima Village lies at the entrance to the renowned Yu-long scenic area renowned for its famous Karst mountain scenery.
There is a beautiful route winding its way along the Yu-long river dotted by small farming villages, fields of rice, and yellow flowers. Jima Village sits in a small valley surrounded on all sides by Karst mountains with rice fields dominating the base of the valley.
It is connected to Yangshuo with a good quality road running both into Yangshuo Town and into the Yu-Long scenic area. The village is small and peaceful and offers some small local shops, which is convenient for students to buy some daily supplies.
Tai Chi, like Chinese medicine, is all about balance. Good health is maintained by, amongst other things, the ingredients which you take in as food, and the way in which you expend energy.
The chef is a master of the work and adheres to these principles. Every day, teachers and students enjoy a well-balanced diet cooked in the traditional Chinese style and made from ingredients which are sourced fresh every day from the local farmers’ market. Each meal contains a large choice of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
Food is not just important for its ingredients, but also for the way you eat, and in China, it is hard to imagine eating without sharing. Everybody sits around the same table to share the ingredients of a meal eaten in common. Eating in China is a social event so that while you eat together, you share experiences from all walks of life, all ages, and every part of the world.
The school is located just outside of Yangshuo in a little village with numerous cafés and restaurants. Apart from the daily training and practice, you will have ample time to explore the surroundings. Also, in the nearby city of Yangshuo, you can find a wide choice of massage studios relaxation treatments only a few minutes away.
Popular excursions include the Moon Hill scenic view, Li River cruises, Silver Caves, and Xianggong Mountain.
Below is also popular excursion in the area:
Guilin Liangjiang International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$45 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL). There are regular express shuttle buses from the airport to the main bus station in downtown Yangshuo for about 50 CNY. From there, you can take a taxi to the school for about 30 CNY.
Yangshuo is also served by long-distance buses, which arrive at the main bus station. From there, you can get a taxi to the school for about 30 CNY.
It is possible to arrive at Yangshuo by cruise boat down the Li River from Guilin. This is a four to five hours trip through stunning mountain and river scenery. Not surprisingly, cruise ships are very popular so you usually need to book well in advance.
Yangshuo now has its own high-speed rail station with trains from Shenzhen North, Guangzhou South, and Guilin North among others. Yangshuo station is about 22 kilometers outside of the town near the village of Xingping. There is a regular shuttle service to Yangshuo. The price for the shuttle is about 20 CNY. From here you can easily get a taxi to the school. The cost should be about 30 CNY.
If you are arriving by plane or train, Yangshuo Traditional Tai Chi School can organize a pick-up by taxi at your point of arrival. The cost of a taxi from Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) will be about 320 CNY and from the Yangshuo train station is about 200 CNY. This may be the best option for you if it is your first visit.
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