Wudang Shan Tour Details
September 1 - 23, 2018 (22 days)
About the Journey:
The essence of these special and unique trips is one of community and individualization of experience. These goals have been wonderfully crafted and skillfully embodied for each trip. The intention for this year's Taoist Workshop is on Personal Reflection and Advancement.
We caution all potential participants: Be forewarned, this is not just a Tour! Rather, it is a Journey. A tour observes and sees. A Journey enlightens oneself and makes changes in your life. When you say "Yes" to this Journey, you set into motion a process which will forever change your life.
About the Hosts:
Sui Huang is the Tour Leader
Her website is: www.suihuangtaichi.com
Bill Cabana is the Tour Organizer
His website is: www.taizhangdao.com
What is Wudang Shan? Click Here
International round-trip airfare from Los Angeles (LAX) to China.
All inter-China transportation.
All accommodations in China.
All meals (3 meals per day except those on personal days free time).
All tour attractions entrance fees.
All tips for teachers, guides, drivers, & gratuities.
All school training costs.
One school uniform and footwear.
What's Not Included:
Travel expenses to and from the Los Angeles (LAX) airport of departure in the U.S.
Personal expenses in China. For example: Hotel amenities, mini bar, room service, laundry service, telephone/fax usage, meals and expenses when on personal free time or free days, and extra mealtime alcoholic beverages are not included in planned meals.
Excess luggage weight charges by airlines.
Trip cancellation insurance.
Medical expenses or medical evacuation back home.
Tourist passport or visa to China.
Fees & Deadlines:
Cost: $8,900 - Double Room Occupancy
Add: $400 - Single Room Occupancy
Note: If you handle all your own air transportation (international and in-China) for the tour, you can deduct $1,400 from the above cost of the tour.
There is no extra charge for single occupancy for the school training portion of the tour. The hotels during the sightseeing portion of the trip are double occupancy unless single room supplement is purchased. The registration form will have an area where you can make your choice of either one.
If you would like to share a room with a friend or acquaintance that will be on the trip, please make note on the registration form. Otherwise, we will attempt to pair you with another traveler. If we cannot pair you with someone else, you will be required to pay the single room rate.
A deposit of $600 is required to reserve your place.
If using Paypal: make payment payable to TaiZhangDao@gmail.com. You can make your tour deposit via Paypal or installments over 6 months using PayPal Credit by clicking on the “Buy Now” button below.
Or make check payable to: William Cabana and sent to the address on the registration form.
Balance: Due by no later than: June 1, 2018. See registration form for availble payment options.
No refunds after June 1, 2018. If this tour is canceled prior to this date “for any reason,” all monies paid will be refunded. Our cancellation policy is based on trip director discretion and we do our best to help on a case-by-case basis. As the departure date nears, it will of course be more difficult to provide full refunds due to fees and fares that we pay in advance.
To get a Tour Reservation Form and additional details about the tour, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page. You will be sent a link to our DropBox where you will be able to download all the necessary documents and information regarding this tour.
You can make your tour deposit via Paypal by clicking on the “Buy Now” button below.
Trip and Cancellation Insurance:
It is strongly recommended that trip cancellation insurance is purchased to protect you against losses due to accidents and/or illness. Check with your insurance agent regarding coverage you may presently have via other insurance policies that may cover illness during your trip. Go to our page for Recommended Vendors.
The accommodations will be a local 3-star Western style hotel provided by the school with Internet and all the usual amenities and within a short walking distance from the school. The sightseeing portion is usually 4-5 star hotels.
Travelers are responsible for getting to the departure airport on the day of departure with adequate time to make the flight. We will check in as a group once everyone has arrived. That is why it is important to allow for enough time to gather. Once you’ve registered for this trip, details like the time, flight no., and where to meet at the airport, specifically, will be made known to you.
This itinerary is as accurate as possible at the time of its issuance, however, it is subject to change if necessary to reflect the current status. If there are any changes, registrants for the trip will be advised as soon as possible.
Day 1: Depart from Los Angeles Airport (LAX),US (Gaining ½ day)
September 2, (Sun): Arrive in Beijing, transfer to hotel, sightseeing in Beijing.
Pedicab tour of hutong, Shichahai
Beijing hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing (天伦松鹤)
Day 2: Sightseeing in Beijing
Great Wall at Badaling (including cable car ride), Summer Palace, Peking duck at Quanjude.
Day 3: : Sightseeing in Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Chaoyang Theater Acrobatics show.
Day 4:Transfer to railway station, Beijing/Luoyang high-speed train, transfer to Dengfeng, Dengfeng sightseeing.
An early departure time is necessary to fit in Shaolin Temple sightseeing.
Shaolin Temple, wushu performance, Pagoda Forest, Shaolin Temple vegetarian meal
Dengfeng hotel: Shaolin International Hotel
Day 5: Dengfeng sightseeing, transfer to Luoyang railway station, Luoyang/Xi'an high-speed train, transfer to Xi’an hotel.
Zhongyue Temple, Songyue Temple Pagoda, Songyang Academy, Fawang Temple
Xi’an hotel: Bell Tower Hotel
Day 6: Xi'an sightseeing.
Terracotta Warriors, Shaanxi History Museum, Drum Tower, Tang Dynasty cabaret and dumpling banquet
Day 7: Xi'an sightseeing, transfer to airport for flight to Shiyan/Wudangshan.
Great Wild Goose Pagoda (aka Big Goose Pagoda), Ancient City Wall, Bell Tower
Arrive at Mt. Wudang by taking airplane to Wudang Airport (WDS) where you will be met for the one hour transfer by bus to Crows Ridge village (Nanyan), located high in the mountain. There, you will check into your three-star Tianxin Hotel on Mt. Wudang, which is close to the hall where we will meet for our daily classes of Qigong, Taoist Daoyin, meditation and lectures.
The course begins at 7.30pm, and ends at lunchtime on September 23
We have scheduled approx. a day's arrival window to give you time to recover from jet lag before you begin the intensive course programme. There is also a small Blind Massage Practice in Nanyan, a great way to recuperate after a long journey, while for those of you who enjoy walking, there are a number of temples and paths to explore in the immediate vicinity.
Wudang Taoist Internal Alchemy Course
Day 9 – 21
Internal alchemy, like the more general alchemy from which it derived, focuses on transmuting energies and substances, or in other words, on the unification of the corporeal body, mind and intention. The practice focuses on restoring balance and elevating spiritual vitality. The goals of internal alchemy are enlightenment, improved health, longevity, and peacefulness.
The daily schedule allows for 3 hours of lecture class and three 1.5 hour practice sessions which, by the end of the course, can increase to as much two hours each. This gives a daily study commitment of 7+ hours, covering Taoist alchemy practice, Taoist Daoyin, I-Ching, Tai Ch'i Chuan, Taoism and Buddhism theory.
Typical Daily Schedule
5:30 am - 7:00 am
7:30 am - 8:00 am
8:30 am–11:00 am
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Our days begin with early morning meditation practice before the rising of the sun. This is followed by a traditional Chinese breakfast, then class covering the theory and philosophy of alchemy, Taoism, Buddhism and transmundane practice, which will also be explored through the writings of the Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tzu and Journey to the West. Our late morning practice session is followed by lunch. In the evening we meet again in our practice hall to continue our practical training in Taoist Internal Alchemy meditation.
We will continue our Taoist internal alchemy practice in the early morning. After breakfast, there will be a final 2-3 hour lecture, which will provide the guidelines for the Whole Process of Internal Alchemy Practice. The lecture will finish before 11.00 am. You will have free time to rest or hike for the rest of the day.
There will be a breakfast served in the hotel after which we will provide a bus to bring students to Wudang Shan Airport (WDS) for their return trip home.
Golden Top Temple: During the course, there will be one day off, with only morning meditation class and evening class (or lecture class in the evening). This is to give you the opportunity to visit the striking Golden Top Temple, perched on the highest peak of Wudang Shan. We will go by bus across the mountain, cross several peaks by cable car, and spend time at the Golden Top Temple complex, enjoying the panorama, before returning on foot to Nanyan, using the old pilgrimage path and stairways to descend. Since this excursion is best enjoyed on a clear day, and is impossible if the mist descends, timing of the 'day off' will be kept flexible.
We will attend a special Taoist ceremony in one of the temples in Wudang.
Towards the end of the course, if possible, we will visit the well known Wudang Taoist Kungfu Academy to watch a performance of their spectacular Kungfu.
Afternoon Free Time and Optional Excursions (at your own expense):
In the afternoons, you will have free time to rest or explore. There will be 4 or 5 organised outings, accompanied by an English speaking guide, which will include the special Purple Heaven Palace, Prince Slope Temple, Monkey Valley, Southern Grotto Cave, as well as several other very interesting places to visit nearby. And, no doubt, we will also manage to fit in a trip to the the local temple tea house to experience the exquisite teas of Mount Wudang.
First, fill out the form below to receive a free Registration Package with the necessary information and registration forms.
After receiving the forms and if you would like to make a reservation for this tour, return to this page to place your reservation by paying your deposit when you click the Paypal "Buy Now" button below. You can take advantage of the 6 months to pay with no interest, that Paypal offers, by selecting their "credit plan" upon checkout.
Be sure to fill out the forms in the registration package and return to us as soon as possible!
Thank you for your interest!