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Take time for yourself, and discover the many benefits of meditation, Tai Chi, and Qigong practice in the natural splendor of Yangshuo. Join Yangshuo Traditional Tai Chi School at their internationally recognized school to learn how to cultivate internal energy and greatly improve many aspects of your physical and mental health. Strengthen your body and mind through expertly directed Tai chi, Qigong, and meditation training.
For accommodation, the school offers single, double or family rooms with either shared or private bathroom. All rooms have air conditioning and Wi-Fi. The price quoted is based on a single private room with a private bathroom of western standard. 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 made out of three Qing-dynasty buildings and a set of beautiful courtyards. It contains four different training areas, the dining hall as well as the accommodation, laundry room, and a tea and DVD area where students and masters often gather after meals to relax and share tea prepared in the age-old Chinese manner. The training areas include a beautiful open courtyard, a traditional indoor training room, and two large outdoor covered training spaces, which are surrounded by the Qing-dynasty houses of Jima village and the beautiful Karst scenery the area is famous for.
During this course, you will enjoy 60 hours of training, three 60-minute Chinese massage therapy along with plenty of free time to train by yourself. With the class training spread over 21 days, you will work through the basic foundation, learn a Tai Chi basic form (18 movements) for your daily practice, and will introduce you to meditation techniques and Qi-gong.
Three full-weeks at the school will enable you to truly share in 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, Qigong 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.
Born in July 1979, a native of Fang Cheng Gang in Guangxi province, Kim graduated from the Guangxi National College of Health and Physical Education. He is a level 6 Tai Chi master (Duanwei) and has obtained a Wushu and Tai Chi coach certification of China (grade 1, first degree). He started from the age of 11 years old, learning basic skills from his father for martial arts and then, under the tutelage of Wang Haijun, learning Chen style Taijiquan and Taiji theory knowledge. He specializes in teaching Chen style Taijiquan, Taiji theory, Tai Chi internal strength, weapons, Wushu, and Sanda.
The school is situated in Jima village, just inside the Yulong Ecological Park and about three kilometers from the center of Yangshuo. The area is renowned for its beautiful countryside with Karst mountain scenery and pleasant rivers while Yangshuo offers a vibrant city life.
The school is based in the small farming village of Jima, in the heart of the Yulong River’s famous karst mountain scenery. Surrounded by market gardens and fish ponds, it is ideally situated to offer both rural calm and easy access to the bustling life of nearby Yangshuo (only a 15-minute cycle ride away). The village is small and peaceful and offers some small local shops, which is convenient for students to buy some daily supplies.
During this training, you will enjoy three daily delicious and locally sourced meals. Tai Chi, like Chinese medicine, is all about balance. Good health is maintained by, among 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 wok 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 farmer's 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 will eat together with the group, 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. The school can arrange for painting, calligraphy or Chinese classes on the premises with experienced English speaking teachers. The area is also justly famous for cycling, hiking, rock climbing as well as bamboo rafting and local guides can be organized by the school.
A newly created bike path runs along the river near the school and into the countryside through ancient villages amongst the iconic Karst mountain scenery. To help you explore the area, the school has a number of bikes which are free to use at any time. They can also arrange scooter or mountain bike hire and are also happy to help you book tours and give advice for things to see and do.
The scenic area of Yangshuo is a popular destination for both foreign and Chinese tourists. There are numerous possibilities for excursions and activities both in the city as well as the beautiful countryside. Popular excursions include the following:
For the two weeks Tai Chi retreat, the school will offer two hours of Chinese traditional massage therapy on the weekend. Also, in the nearby city of Yangshuo, you can find a wide choice of massage studios relaxation treatments only a few minutes away.
Guilin Liangjiang International Airport
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The nearest airport to Yangshuo is 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.
The School is situated in Jima Village just inside the Yulong Ecological Park, and about three kilometers from the center of Yangshuo. If this is your first visit, and you are arriving by plane or train, you may prefer Yangshuo Traditional Tai Chi School to organize a pick-up by taxi at your point of arrival. The cost of a taxi from Guilin airport or Guilin train station will be about 320 CNY, Yangshuo train station will be about 200 CNY.
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