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China Health and Wellness Tour for Senior Travelers

A well-balanced 13 days China tour itinerary combining immersive wellness programs, healthy diet, a slow-pace life experience and sightseeing schedules is to cater to expectations of all senior travelers, especially those seeking for a spiritual retreat.

This exclusive tour experience will benefit the elderly both physically and psychologically through TCM service, practice of Zen and Tai Chi, and spa treatments at the resorts. While at the same time, you can better soak up Chinese culture. Each day is assigned a theme – learning the Tao of wellbeing, discovering the cultural delights of ancient China, enjoy the nature of mountains and rivers – everything is perfect.

CCT Advantages:

  • 1. Witness China’s ancient wonders in Beijing – the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace;
  • 2. Experience Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), learning the knowledge and even try the treatments;
  • 3. Find the inner peace by practicing Zen Buddhism and meditation;
  • 4. Meet and observe giant pandas at Chengdu Panda Base; 
  • 5. Experience the Taoist health and wellness cultivation on Qingcheng Mountain;
  • 6. Enjoy a relaxing countryside life in Yangshuo, cruising picturesque Li River, cooking Chinese foods and practicing Chinese calligraphy;
  • 7. Stay in luxurious spa & wellness resorts/hotels each night beside a river, hidden in a mountain or with spectacular views.

13 Days Beijing Chengdu Guilin Hong Kong Tour for Seniors

China Health and Wellness Tour for Senior Travelers

Day 1, Arrive Beijing

Meals: No Meals

Board your international flight to Beijing, the capital and cultural center of China for centuries. After landing, take your time for disembarking from the plane and luggage claim. Be met and greeted by your private guide outside the airport customs. Then transfer to Aman Resort, adjacent to Summer Palace, for check-in. Your guide will make all things are perfectly done until you can rest at hotel.

  • Recommended Wellness Resorts in Beijing: Aman Summer Palace or similar
China Health and Wellness Tour for Senior Travelers

Day 2, Beijing: Tai Chi Class at Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After a sound sleep, take a private Tai Chi boxing lesson right in front of Temple of Heaven. This ancient Chinese martial art can relieve the pressure from both the mind and body and make you feel refreshed. Temple of heaven itself is a truly outstanding architecture and was a most sacred place for ancient Chinese monarchs to worship heaven.

Thereafter, navigate to the heart of Beijing, where the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square are located. Walk on the Tiananmen Square to look up fluttering Chinese national flags, Tiananmen Rostrum and other historical sites surrounding.

Forbidden City was the place where the emperors lived and met their cabinet members, and a truly a restricted area for normal people. However, today you can have a personal access into the Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum. Admire the world’s biggest ancient wooden architecture and its countless treasures.

Watch a performance of Peking Opera or Shaolin Kung Fu with VIP seat (optional).

China Health and Wellness Tour for Senior Travelers

Day 3, Beijing: TCM Diagnosis & Treatments, the Great Wall of China

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, your CCT guide will accompany you to visit a TCM hospital, where you will learn the history, theory and functions of TCM. And meet a TCM doctor for diagnosis (pulse-feeling), discussing about your health problems (if any) such as shoulder pain, insomnia or depression, and get professional and practical suggestions on daily diet and habit. And if necessary, you may try herbal prescription, acupuncture or TCM massage.

This afternoon, explore the Great Wall, the iconic landmark of China and a big draw for all people. For senior travelers, we’ll arrange you the round way cableway on Mutianyu Great Wall. Take in the magnificent views – the walls stretch on the mountaintops as far as your eyes can reach. And learn from your expert guide the historical facts of the Great Wall.

China Health and Wellness Tour for Senior Travelers

Day 4, Beijing: Zen Buddhism & Meditation Practice, Rickshaw Hutong Tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Take a private half-day Zen Buddhism class at a workshop. Zen Buddhism guides the practitioners to learn wit and find peace from daily life by practicing your heart. You’ll follow a master to practice the routines of Zen Buddhism and experience the state of meditation. If you prefer, you can also learn to prepare Zen tea and enjoy Zen vegetarian dishes for lunch. 

Continue to explore Beijing. Sit on a vintage rickshaw, an old means of transportation in the early 20th Century, to traverse the winding hutong alleys. It is a secret corner in Beijing, full of historical buildings and cultural sites. The local Beijingers live their life in a traditional way, a rare scene in this cosmopolis.

China Health and Wellness Tour for Senior Travelers

Day 5, Cruise Summer Palace, Beijing to Chengdu to Qingcheng Mountain

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

From Aman Resort, take a private access to Summer Palace to skip lines and tourist crowds. Feast your eyes on the architectural beauty of ancient China’s royal garden. Take a lordly dragon boat cruising on Kunming Lake, through arch bridges, viewing distant mountains, White Pagoda, and the grand palace built against a hillside.  

Fly from Beijing to Chengdu. And escape to the tranquil Taoist holy land – Qingcheng Mountain.  

  • Recommended Wellness Resorts in Qingcheng Mountain: Six Sense Qing Cheng Mountain or similar
China Health and Wellness Tour for Senior Travelers

Day 6, Qingcheng Mountain: Taoist Retreat for Wellness Cultivation

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Wake in the hidden mountain resort, and then take cableway up to the top of Qingcheng Mountain, enjoying the majestic panoramic view. Walk along the secret paths lined with ancient trees to visit several best of the tens of Taoist monasteries, including, Jianfu Palace, Pavilion of Happiness, and especially Tianshi Cave - the temple was built to commemorate the Heavenly Master, founder of Taoist. Observe the Taoist way of living to keep healthy and peaceful. And follow a master to practice Tai Chi, embraced by the entire mountain and tranquility.

Return to hotel, you may enjoy a soothing spa treatment. And for dinner, you’re suggested to try the organic vegetables and herbs foods at hotel.

China Health and Wellness Tour for Senior Travelers

Day 7, Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Dujiangyan to Chengdu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Take morning Tai Chi class at the resort. Thereafter, go wonder at the ancient Dujiangyan Irrigation System, originally built in 256 BC during China’s Warring States Period. It is the world’s earliest existing hydraulic engineering. After more than 2,200 years, it is still in use today and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage.

Drive to Chengdu, a famous cultural city and the home of giant pandas.

  • Recommended Wellness Hotels in Chengdu: The Ritz-Carlton or similar
China Health and Wellness Tour for Senior Travelers

Day 8, Chengdu Panda Base, Tea Culture Experience, Chengdu to Guilin

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Call on the adorable giant pandas in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the morning, when it is the best time to see them living happily in this natural habitat, having breakfast, playing on the grasslands and climbing on the trees.

Enjoy the afternoon tea at a local quaint teahouse, soaking up the profound tea culture of Chengdu. The locals live their life in a leisure and slow way at the teahouse, drinking tea, chatting, playing mahjong, playing chess…

Have a walk in the Jinli Ancient Street, where the West Sichuan style timber houses are illuminated by red lanterns, before flying to Guilin, the most beautiful place to visit in China.

  • Recommended Wellness Hotels in Guilin: Shangri La or similar
China Health and Wellness Tour for Senior Travelers

Day 9, Guilin to Yangshuo by Cruise, Chinese Calligraphy Lesson

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, board your luxury river ship and set sail on Li River. Nominated as one of World's 15 best rivers for travelers by CNN, Li River is the essence of UNESCO-listed South China Karst. Along the way, view dramatic karst peaks, the distant villages, and find the sight on RMB twenty Yuan note.

Go ashore in Yangshuo and meander through the West Street, the bustling town center. Then delve deep into traditional Chinese art by taking a calligraphy class. Learn and practice using brush and inkstick and the way to apply on paper. Appreciate the artistic beauty of Chinese characters and write them down yourself. Chinese calligraphy requires patience and concentration and is regarded as a rewarding hobby for the elderly.

Enjoy Impression Liu Sanjie night show, performed in the outdoor with real landscape as the backgrop (optional).

  • Recommended Wellness Resorts in Yangshuo: Banyan Tree or similar
China Health and Wellness Tour for Senior Travelers

Day 10, Yangshuo: Cooking Class, Countryside Experience

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Following early morning Tai Chi practice with a local master, experience a life in village of China -- buying food materials at a traditional wet market and cooking Chinese dishes at a private class.  Learn from a teacher the cooking methods and skills of Chinese cuisine, which is one of the top cuisines in the world, with a long history, and pays special attention to both the food’s nutrients and taste.

In the afternoon, sit back on your private vehicle to venture deeper into the countryside of Yangshuo. Soak in the amazingly beautiful surroundings of limestone hills, green vegetation, twisting rivers, vast farmlands stretching to ancient villages… And visit a local family to get to know more about China’s village life.

China Health and Wellness Tour for Senior Travelers

Day 11, Reed Flute Cave, Yangshuo to Guilin to Hong Kong

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Leave Yangshuo, and drive back to Guilin to explore the magic Reed Flute Cave at the hallway of a limestone mountain. The stalactites and stalactitums grow wild in the cave and have formed numerous diverse fantastic configurations – flowers, lions, pillars, waterfalls, towers… For senior travelers, you may take a sedan chair for going up and down the mountain and sightseeing if you don’t walk much.

Experience a high speed train journey from Guilin to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to your hotel.

  • Recommended Wellness Hotels in Hong Kong: Harbour Grand, The Ritz-Carlton or similar
China Health and Wellness Tour for Senior Travelers

Day 12, Hong Kong: Free Day

Meals: Breakfast

It is a free day for you to rest and unwind. Relax your body with spa or massage treatment at hotel. Enjoy the wonderful, delicate foods at restaurant of an amazing environment. Also allow some time to witness the exclusively "rhythm" of Hong Kong.

Day 13, Depart Hong Kong

Meals: Breakfast

Pick up, and transfer from hotel to airport. Your guide will assist you to go through the check-in procedures and walk you to the security Checkpoint. Board your flight back home. End of 13 days China health and wellness tour.

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