This program is suitable for all levels of students and offers an excellent opportunity to practice Tai Chi and hone your Chinese language skills in real-life situations, with native language partners. You will be practicing Tai Chi in a traditional school under the guidance of a professional master and learning Chinese at Omeida Chinese Academy.
Omeida Language School offers spacious, clean rooms at a subsidized rate to their students. All of these rooms are a two to ten minute walk from the school. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, heating, internet access, a desk and, a chair. You also have your own en-suite bathroom including a toilet, a shower, and your own hot water tank for 24 hours hot water service. You will also have access to a washing machine.
The twin rooms are to be shared with a student from China, which will greatly benefit your Chinese language progress, while practicing in daily life what you have learned in class.
There is a small extra charge for the electricity that you use during your stay. This will usually be between 50 to 100 CNY per month depending on usage. If you are sharing your room, this price is divided among both occupants.
This is a fully furnished single room with a private bathroom to ensure you have an enjoyable stay in Yangshuo. As with the shared accommodation, please note that there is an additional charge for electricity. This will usually be between 50 to 100 CNY per month depending on usage.
Omeida Chinese Academy also provides a comfortable single room with a private bathroom at Tiffany's hostel or a nearby hotel with similar standards, to ensure you enjoy a high-quality hotel service during your stay. Tiffany’s is a two minute walk from the Omeida Chinese Academy. The friendly staff will give you helpful tour advice and offer room cleaning service as requested.
With a cozy restaurant in the lounge, you can enjoy delicious Chinese style breakfast and typical local dishes. As with other accommodations, there is an additional charge for electricity. This will usually be between 50 to 100 CNY per month depending on usage.
Please note that though the rooms are available all year round, they cost more during public holidays, especially the national day (first week of October) and Chinese spring festival (usually in late January or early February).
During these four weeks you will practice Tai Chi for two and a half hours in a traditional school either in the morning or afternoon, and then learn Chinese at Omeida Chinese Academy in the other half of the day.
With professional Tai Chi master and excellent training techniques, you will be provided with a safe and calm atmosphere to practice this ancient Chinese martial art. One to three months of Tai Chi course will cover the Chen 18 and 24 forms as well as give an introduction to meditation.
Students can study from a minimum of two weeks to more than one year. Tai Chi is one of the most effective ways to develop healthy mind and body. Some of the benefits of Tai Chi include:
You will not only learn Tai Chi, but also Chinese language, and the Chinese culture in the meantime. At Omeida you have many opportunities to interact with native Chinese people who are learning English and eager to share their experiences with you. It is easy to find people with similar interests as you to be your language partners.
You will also be joining various cultural activities with other Chinese and foreign students to learn about traditional Chinese practices. The cultural activities include classes for Chinese calligraphy, Chinese cooking, Tai Chi, the art of tea-making, and paper cutting.
These classes provide you with an excellent opportunity to practice your Chinese language skills in real-life situations and learn more about China. Optional excursions that include sightseeing tour into the surrounding countryside and nearby villages or activities such as bike riding, caving, rafting, and hiking will also be available during the program. The classes are held from Monday to Friday, and include daily lunch and dinner.
Please note that the classes will vary between morning and afternoon, each day, depending on when your Tai Chi session is being held. The academy offers a maximum of six 45-minute lessons a day (three in the morning and three in the afternoon). There are ten minute breaks between each lesson, and the school takes a two-hour lunch break between morning and afternoon classes.
Upon arrival, students will be shown around school's area and given a welcome package including a map of Yangshuo. Then on the first Monday or Tuesday, students will be introduced to one or two native Chinese language partners, you can opt to have a tour in Yangshuo together, see the town center around or go cycling together to the countryside.
This training program will take place in Yangshuo, a small town pocketed within arguably the most beautiful region in China. The landscape here is endlessly scattered with steep hills and winding rivers that are a common subject of traditional Chinese ink paintings.
By definition, the region is scattered with karst hills which are tall, narrow outcroppings of limestone that have been grown over by the region’s abundant vegetation. Historically this region’s beauty was iconic in Chinese culture, which is today visited by tourists who want to get a glimpse of such preserved natural history.
The unusual terrain surrounding Yangshuo attracts a wide spectrum of outdoor enthusiasts. The steep limestone cliffs that surround the karst hills have made Yangshuo the top destination for rock climbing in China and one of the best in the world. Yangshuo is also a popular place for backpacking, mountain biking, and many other outdoor activities.
Despite its rapidly growing presence in global tourism, Yangshuo still doesn’t feel like a very urban place. It is located in such a densely packed region of overhanging cliffs and hills that it will always be comfortably confined to the size of just a town.
The rural atmosphere helps preserve the local hospitality, making Yangshuo a very helpful place for practicing Chinese. The locals have developed patience with foreigners passing through and have developed an appreciation for those who take the time to practice their language. The friendly atmosphere of Yangshuo adds constant opportunities for students to improve upon their language skills outside of the school.
The town provides many western amenities that you will typically only find in China’s larger cities. The heart of this exposure is on Yangshuo’s West street (Xijie), where there is an endless selection of western food, bars, hotels, shops, and outfitters.
You will be served daily lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday, each week. The meals includes traditional, family-style Chinese meals (dine-in or take-away) and typically consist of soup, porridge, rice, different varieties of meat, vegetable, egg, and tofu dishes.
There are many massage and spa services near the venue. You can book these for a price ranging between 80 to 200 CNY for an hour. VIP services are also available.
Please book your flight to arrive at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN), Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), or Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport (SZX) from there you can take connecting flights to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL). Transfer from and to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) is available upon request for an extra cost of 280 CNY one way.
There are many buses commuting directly to Yangshuo from Guilin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Nanning.
There are many trains within China that depart from major cities, passing through smaller cities, and arriving in Guilin. From Guilin, there are frequent buses that will take you straight to Yangshuo.