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China Grand Tour & Tai Chi Retreat

Luxurious 15 day Tai Chi & Qigong Retreat amongst the Wonders of China

China Tour – 15th to 29th October 2024

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About the Tour & Retreat

Discover China’s Timeless Marvels: Tai Chi, Historic Splendors, and Unforgettable Experiences Await you on this Luxurious Journey

Tour & Retreat Highlights

Explore: Deep-Rooted Culture and Cuisine 

Embark on our China Tour & Tai Chi Retreat to explore iconic sites, delving deep into a rich deep-rooted culture, and savour the delights of its exquisite cuisine.


Day 1: Flight to China

15 October
Fly overnight from London Heathrow (or your chosen UK mainland airport) to Beijing, China’s historical capital. Contact us for non-UK flights.

Day 2: Welcome to Beijing!

16 October
Ni Hao!
Your journey begins as you arrive in Beijing. After checking in, the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Take a relaxing break at the hotel or venture out to explore the vibrant city on your own.

  • Dinner

Day 3: Beijing Exploration - Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City

17 October
Start your morning with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, where you’ll have the unique opportunity to practice Tai Chi alongside local residents. The Temple of Heaven served as a sacrificial altar for emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties, who prayed for bountiful harvests and enduring peace. Today, the park is a lively place where you may encounter Beijingers engaged in music, song, and dance.

Your immersive journey through China begins at Tiananmen Square, a historic and expansive public square. Adjacent to it stands the magnificent Forbidden City, a symbol of imperial grandeur. Your guide will share fascinating stories about the palace complex as you explore this architectural masterpiece.

Conclude your day by visiting Jingshan Park, where you can enjoy panoramic views from atop a hill, offering a stunning perspective of the Forbidden City.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4: The Great Wall and Summer Palace Excursion

One of the greatest wonders of the modern world

18 October
Begin the day with a serene session of Tai Chi Qigong before embarking on an unforgettable journey to the Great Wall, a marvel recognised as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Walking along this monumental structure offers a profound experience, allowing you to marvel at both its grandeur and the breathtaking landscapes it traverses.

In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Summer Palace, renowned for its traditional Chinese gardens and exquisite architecture. Wander through idyllic landscapes and discover the allure of the world’s largest imperial garden lake.

Conclude your visit to the Summer Palace with a Tai Chi and Qigong session, harmonising the ancient practice with the royal ambiance of this historic site.

Prepare yourself for an evening filled with spectacle at the Red Theatre Martial Arts Show.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5: High-Speed Bullet Train Journey to Xi'an

19 October
Hop aboard a high-speed bullet train for a swift and comfortable journey to Xi’an. Upon arrival, delve into the city’s rich history with a visit to the Ancient City Wall, constructed in the 14th century as a defensive fortification for the ancient town. This well-preserved structure offers the option of exploration on foot or by bicycle, providing a unique perspective on Xi’an’s historical legacy.

As the day winds down, engage in a tranquil session of Tai Chi and Qigong amidst the captivating sunset, adding a serene touch to your exploration of Xi’an’s cultural treasures.

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 6: Terracotta Warriors Expedition & Tang Dynasty Show

20 October
Embark on a captivating journey to the renowned Terracotta Army, discovered serendipitously in the 1970s. Marvel at the life-sized warriors and horses that have fascinated visitors since the era of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. The morning is dedicated to exploring the enigmatic ranks of these ancient statues, each with its own unique presence and historical significance.

As the day transitions to evening, indulge in a delightful dumpling feast, savoring the rich flavors of this traditional Chinese cuisine.

Immerse yourself in the cultural tapestry of the Tang Dynasty with a mesmerizing dancing show, adding a festive and entertaining touch to your day in Xi’an.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7: Flight to Guilin and Riverside Exploration

21 October
Today, board a flight to Guilin and immerse yourself in the natural beauty and cultural heritage of this enchanting city. Begin your exploration with a leisurely stroll through Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill Park, where you’ll encounter the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill and its striking natural formations where we will take time to practice Tai Chi to stretch out our travels. Marvel at the Sun and Moon Pagodas, towering examples of traditional Chinese Buddhist architecture, as they stand majestically against the backdrop of the picturesque landscape.

In the evening, embark on the Two Rivers and Four Lakes Cruise, a tranquil journey that showcases Guilin’s stunning waterfront scenery. Glide along the shimmering waters as you admire the illuminated bridges, pagodas, and city lights, immersing yourself in the magical ambiance of Guilin’s rivers and lakes.

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  • Dinner

Day 8: Longji Rice Terraces Expedition

22 October
Embark on a captivating visit to Longji, where the remarkable Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces unfold before you. Marvel at the ingenuity of ancient farmers who maximised the use of arable land and water resources in this mountainous terrain. The vast rice paddies, set against the backdrop of the landscape, showcase both the agricultural prowess and the unique cultural flavors of the local minority communities.

Later in the afternoon, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Guilin, providing a well-deserved break to relax and unwind.

As the evening unfolds, enjoy free time to explore at your leisure or join us in a rejuvenating session of Tai Chi and Qigong at a local park, immersing yourself in the beautiful surroundings of Guilin.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9: Yangshuo River Cruise & Show

23 October
Journey from Guilin on a river cruise to Yangshuo, where the landscape unfolds like a masterpiece, with lush karst mountains emerging like verdant domes around the meandering Li River. The idyllic countryside, immortalized in traditional Chinese paintings, offers a serene escape with breathtaking mountain vistas.

As we embark on this relaxed cruise along the Li River, every bend reveals a captivating view—jagged karst peaks, rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo, and local fishermen creating a picturesque panorama.

As the day transitions to evening, immerse yourself in the enchanting “Impression of Liu Sanjie” Nature Music and Light Show. This captivating performance takes advantage of the natural surroundings, creating a mesmerizing spectacle that adds a touch of magic to your Yangshuo experience.

After, enjoy a free evening to stroll, unwind, and soak in the remarkable setting that surrounds you.

  • Breakfast
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  • Dinner

Day 10: Yangshuo Exploration

24 October
Start your day with a morning session of Tai Chi and Qigong, immersing yourself in the local culture alongside residents of Yangshuo.

Renowned for its breathtaking beauty, Yangshuo is nestled in an exquisite rural setting, surrounded by emerald-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. Spend the day exploring this pristine countryside, allowing yourself to be captivated by the charm and tranquility of one of China’s most picturesque regions.

Evening free to sample the local food for dinner.

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  • Lunch

Day 11: Guilin to Wudang Mountain

25 October
Embark on a bullet train journey from Guilin to Wudang Mountain, a sacred site with a history spanning over 1000 years. Revered as the No.1 Taoist Mountain in China, Wudang Mountain is not only a haven for breathtaking natural scenery but also the birthplace of Tai Chi and Taoist martial arts.

Immerse yourself in the profound traditional Taoist culture as you explore magnificent ancient building complexes. Whether you seek the serenity of the landscape, the cultural richness of Taoism, or the opportunity to witness and even learn Wudang martial arts and Tai Chi, this destination promises to fulfill your dreams in the most enchanting manner.

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 12: Wudang Mountain Exploration and Tai Chi Practice

26 October
Delight in the panoramic views of Wudang Mountain as you explore its serene landscapes. Engage in a rejuvenating session of Tai Chi, connecting with the ancient art in the tranquil surroundings of this revered Taoist mountain.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13: Shanghai Contrasts, Gardens and River Cruise

27 October
Embark on a train journey to the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. Upon arrival, experience the futuristic Maglev train, whisking you from the airport to the heart of the city at incredible speeds.

Shanghai, a captivating blend of tradition and modernity, awaits your exploration.

In the evening, treat yourself to a panoramic cruise on the Huangpu River, providing stunning views of both banks. Here you’ll find the harmonious blend of colonial architecture along The Bund on the west bank and the ultramodern skyscrapers of Pudong on the east bank.

Conclude the day with a delightful dinner featuring traditional Shanghainese cuisine.

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 14: Exploring Shanghai's Cultural Gems

28 October
Embark on a day of cultural exploration starting with a visit to the charming Yu Yuan Garden, an oasis of tranquility amidst the bustling city. Stroll through the old town, immersing yourself in the rich history that lines its narrow alleyways.

Continue your journey to Zhujiajiao, a picturesque water town built along an ancient canal system that once facilitated trade across imperial China. Wander through narrow alleyways, where old-world charm permeates the air, and marvel at ancient buildings lining the waterways, connected by stone bridges. The timeless beauty of Zhujiajiao, offeris a glimpse into China’s storied past.

Evening free to sample the local food for dinner.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 15: Departure to the UK

29 October
We bid farewell to the vibrant city of Shanghai as you embark on your journey back to the UK (or your destination country). Fly homeward non-stop, filled with memories of your unforgettable adventures in China.

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Participation – You don’t have to participate in all the scheduled activities, you are welcome to join any of these as you wish.

No pressure sales – We will not visit any tourist shops.

Itinerary subject to change

What’s Included

Everything you need for a unique experience

Fully Inclusive

Touring with Guides and main entrance fees

Included Meals

Breakfasts: 13 , Lunches: 8 , Dinners: 11


International flights between UK & China, domestic flight from Xian to Guilin. (contact us for non-UK international flights)


13 nights in 4-5 star accommodation


Red Theatre Martial Arts Show, Tang Dynasty dancing show, Impression Liu San Jie

Trains & Buses

All train and bus journeys required between destinations

Group Size

Maximum of 16 people

Physical Rating: 1-2

Walking, some steps, and time on your feet
Please note: The Great Wall and Wudang Mountain have an extended steps climb which may be more challenging, both locations have a cable car included to take you to the top.


Guilin Cruise, Yangshuo Li River Cruise, Huangpu River Cruise

What’s not included

Visa for China, Visa fee, Travel Insurance, Cable Cars, Bicycle Hire, Tips


Everything you need for a unique experience

All travel tips and information will be sent to our participants before our journey commences. This will include Apps for communicating in China, and how to make a visa for China.


If you select for only one person to occupy the room, please note a single supplement charge of £680 will be applied.

Passenger / Rooms

  • Twin (2 people) – £3,580 per person
  • Single (1 person) – £4,260 (inclusive of 1 X Single Supplement £680*)
    Happy to Share? – See Travelling Solo

Pay only £800 Deposit today – You can reserve your space with just a £800 pp deposit – Full Balance is due 1st August 2024 – the full balance can be spread over 2 payments up to the due date – See payment schedule in Terms & Conditions.

This retreat is Fully Inclusive of Tour & Flights, and includes everything listed here.

Deposit only booking available for limited time

• Twin (2 people) – £3,580 per person

• Single (1 person) – £4,260 – Single supplement £680 applied*

Travelling Solo

* Happy to Share?

If you are travelling solo, you can choose our ‘Happy to Share’ option when booking, which may enable you to share a twin room with other solo customers of the same gender who also request Happy to Share. If a share partner is found, the Single Supplement will be removed from your booking. If a share partner is not found, the Single Supplement will remain and is payable with your final balance.

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China Grand Tour & Tai Chi  Retreat from 15th – 29th October 2024

Terms & Conditions

Payment of retreat finalises your registration and understanding and agreement to the terms here by laid out.


In order to confirm your tour, a non-refundable deposit of at least £800.00 per person (or full payment if booking after 14th June 2024) must be paid at the time of booking.

All prices listed are per person.

  • Twin (2 people) £3,580 per person
  • Single (1 person) £4,260 which includes the £680 single supplement*
    *If you are travelling solo, you can choose our ‘Happy to Share’ option, which may enable you to share a twin room with other solo customers of the same gender who also request Happy to Share. If a share partner is found, the Single Supplement will be removed from your booking. If a share partner is not found, the Single Supplement will remain and is payable with your final balance.
Instalment DatesRequired Per-personBank Details
Non-refundable Deposit at time of booking£800Bank: Barclays
Account Name: Lili Chen
Sort Code: 20-57-40
Account Number: 93631885
14th June 2024 – 2nd instalment£1,390
1st August 2024 – 3rd instalment – remaining balance to be paid in fullRemaining Balance

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with us that you take out suitable travel insurance covering at least circumstances leading to the cancellation of your booking and providing sufficient medical cover for illness or injury and repatriation while overseas, including COVID-19 cover. Yogalily will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


Because we start to incur costs in relation to your arrangements from the time we confirm your booking, if you cancel we have to make a charge and the nearer to your departure date you cancel, the higher the charge will be. If you wish to cancel a confirmed booking you must do so by writing via Email. Cancellation takes effect from the day we receive your letter. Cancellation charges are shown in the table below and will be payable immediately on cancellation. Where the cancellation charge is shown as a percentage, this is calculated on the basis of the total cost payable by the person(s) cancelling excluding and amendment charges.

Weeks to departureCancellation charges
Over 16 weeks prior to departureRetention of deposit
16 weeks prior to departure50% of total cost
14 weeks prior to departure75% of total cost
12 weeks or less from departure (23 July or after)100% of total cost

Please note: Only if we are able to find someone to take your space(s) we will be able to refund 50% of your booking minus costs/charges after 23rd July 2024 cut-off.


Organiser – If we change or cancel your holiday

Occasionally, we have to make changes to and correct errors in the tour description/itinerary and other details both before and after bookings have been confirmed and cancel confirmed bookings. Whilst we always endeavour to avoid changes and cancellations, we must reserve the right to do so. The right is also reserved to any change in airline, aircraft types and vessels scheduled for any specific departure.

Personal Responsibility & Assumption of Risk

The participant acknowledges and takes full responsibility for their health, well-being and all personal decisions made before, during and after the retreat.  This includes, but is not limited to, yoga, tai chi, qigong or any physical activities you choose to partake in, your suitability to travel, or any medical conditions or medical treatment that you receive or may need to receive.

Disclaimer: You acknowledge that we, Yogalily (Lili Chen & David Barnett), are solely providing services as yoga and tai chi qigong teachers,  We are not tour operators or travel agents, and are acting solely as a co-ordinator and contact point on behalf of the group in terms of relationship with the venues and have no liability in relation to the suppliers who are a 3rd party. Many of the services which make up your tour are provided by independent suppliers. Those suppliers provide these services in accordance with their own terms and conditions.


When you book with Yogalily you accept responsibility for the proper conduct for yourself and your party whilst on Holiday. If we or any other person in authority is of the reasonable opinion that you or any member of your party is behaving in such a way as to cause or be likely to cause danger or upset to any other person or damage to property, we will be entitled to terminate the holiday of the person(s) concerned. The person(s) concerned will be required to leave the accommodation or other service and we will have no further responsibility to them including any return travel arrangements. No refunds will be made and we will not pay any expenses or costs incurred as a result of the termination. You will be responsible for making full payment for any damage or loss caused by you or any member of your party during your time away. Payment must be paid directly at the time to the service supplier concerned. If the actual cost of the loss or damage exceeds the amount paid where estimated, you must pay the difference once known. If the actual cost is less than the amount paid, the difference will be refunded. You will also be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us and all costs incurred by us (including our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a result of your actions.

All points of this agreement remain in place up to, during and after the end of the retreat.

Passport & Visa for China

Passport validity requirements

To enter China, your passport must have an ‘expiry date’ at least 6 months after the date you arrive in China and 2 blank pages for visas and stamping.

Applying for a visa

You need a visa to visit mainland China.

If you’re 18 to 70 years old, you must apply for a visa in person at a visa application centre. If you’re aged 71 and over, you can only apply online. You must provide biometric data (scanned fingerprints) as part of your application. There are visa application centres in London, Manchester, Belfast and Edinburgh. The details of their opening hours are on their websites.

The Chinese Embassy has further information on visa categories and how to apply.

Letter of Invitation

We are arranging the issue of an ‘Invitation Letter‘ with details of hotels and locations being visited as part of our trip required for your visa application.