28 Days Chinese Language and Chen Tai Chi Training in Yangshuo, China

  • Omeida Chinese Academy, No.49 Longyue Road, Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi, China

Mandarin Language and Chen Tai Chi Training China

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.

Highlights

  • Daily standard Mandarin classes
  • All textbook and learning materials
  • Daily practice of traditional Chen style Tai Chi
  • Professional, qualified, and English speaking teachers
  • A certificate of completion for Tai Chi and language training
  • Chinese visa assistance and invitation letter
  • Daily lunch and dinner on weekdays
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • 20 days with instruction
  • Chinese (mandarin), English
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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.

Omeida dorm

Shared twin room with en-suite bathroom

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.

Private room with en-suite bathroom

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.

Tiffany's hostel

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:

  • Improved overall health
  • Calmness and focus of mind
  • Increased energy
  • Overall strength, co-ordination, balance, and agility
  • Stress reduction and inner peace
  • Strengthening the internal functions of the body, such as the immune system, metabolic functions, and cardiovascular system

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.

Typical daily schedule

  • 09:30 Tai Chi class or language class
  • 15:00 Tai Chi class or language class
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 17:00 Language partner conversation
  • 18:00 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.

  • Enjoy activities like rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, swimming, barbecuing, bamboo rafting, and cycling
  • Go for local sightseeing
  • Join the weekend cultural tours and excursions
  • Relish local culture and cuisine
  • Take a calligraphy, cooking, paper cutting, tea-making, or a Kung Fu class

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.

  • 28 nights accommodation
  • A certificate of completion for Tai Chi and language training
  • After school activities such as volleyball, basketball, and movie nights
  • All textbook and learning materials
  • Chinese visa assistance and invitation letter
  • Daily lunch and dinner on weekdays
  • Daily practice of traditional Chen style Tai Chi
  • Daily standard Mandarin classes
  • Free participation in weekly Thursday social nights and cultural activities
  • Guided tour of Yangshuo
  • Professional, qualified, and English speaking teachers
  • Welcome package including a map of Yangshuo, an Omeida T-shirt, etc.
  • Airfare
  • Airport, bus, or train station transfers
  • Breakfast
  • Electricity bills
  • Meals over the weekends
  • Tickets, meals and, transportation for some Saturday outings

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by bus

There are many buses commuting directly to Yangshuo from Guilin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Nanning.

Arrival by train

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.

Testimonials

  • Review by Niel D from Netherlands

    "I loved talking about China, comparing all sorts of things, with my 'international' friends, while my Chinese friends could actually explain a lot of these things. Overall I just talked a lot, I learnt A LOT."

    Omeida Chinese Academy website, edited

  • Review by Roy H from United Kingdom

    "The thing that makes studying at Omeida special is the camaraderie and friendship that you meet there…There is always the sound of laughter and good humour around the school."

    Omeida Chinese Academy website, edited

  • Review by Simon L from Denmark

    "During these 4 months my Chinese language skills improved a lot and I actually regret not going there before…I spent 1.5 years studying Mandarin in Denmark, instead I could have just spent 4 months at Omeida and reach the exact same Chinese level."

    Omeida Chinese Academy website, edited

  • Review by Elizabeth P from Singapore

    "Learning Chinese with Omeida has given me the confidence to go out and use my new language skills in the real world!"

    Omeida Chinese Academy website, edited

Guilin, China

Omeida Chinese Academy is a private school located in Yangshuo, South of China. They offer Chinese language courses along with Tai Chi and Kungfu classes.

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28 days / 27 nights

Availability

This training is available all year round with arrival on Mondays.

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