All-inclusive 7, 14 or 21 days rejuvenating Tai Chi Retreat in China

The perfect holiday to recharge & rejuvenate: Tai Chi Retreat in China

Tai Chi meditation in the forest

Imagine a holiday where you replace the hustle and bustle of everyday life with nature and tranquility. A holiday where you exercise most days, explore an ancient culture and relax so properly that you actually come home rested, recovered, fitter and healthier.

That holiday exists.

The Maling Shaolin Kungfu Academy welcomes you to attend their special Tai Chi Retreat in the scenic area of rural China. Participants receive full room and board in a wonderfully peaceful environment surrounded by nature.

Tai Chi helps to reduce stress and promote health

Tai Chi is popular because it is a highly effective way to improve your overall health – in body, mind and spirit. With the focus on the flowing movements, your mind is completely in the present and becomes calm & clear. As a result, Tai Chi is often referred to as ‘meditation in motion’.Tai Chi Master Can

In summary, the benefits of Tai Chi include:
        > rejuvenate your body, loosen your joints, and ease your tensions;
        >  gain more energy and strength;
        > increase inner peace and mental clarity;
        >  improve blood circulation;
        >  improve overall well-being and happiness.

Anyone can learn Tai Chi

No matter how much or little experience you have, everyone can practise and enjoy learning Tai Chi. From our youngest student (8 yrs) to our oldest student (71 yrs), everyone improves, enjoys the classes and goes home with a new-found spring in their step.

We welcome beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Our Tai Chi Masters are very adept at judging an individual’s skill level and will adapt the training to each person’s needs.

A Tai Chi retreat where you learn from real Tai Chi Masters

Our teachers are former Shaolin Kungfu monks who have trained their entire lives at the Shaolin Temple to perfect their art. Master Bao especially was a very gifted and talented student. In addition to several styles of Tai Chi, he learned traditional Shaolin kungfu, Qi Gong and Traditional Chinese Medicine. After many years of training at the Shaolin Temple as well as multiple national and international competitions, Master Bao decided to specialize in the beautiful, elegant, yet powerful movements of Tai Chi. He has practiced Tai Chi for many years and continues to increase his knowledge on a  daily basis.

In addition to being a very talented martial artist and Tai Chi Master, Master Bao is an especially skilled teacher. He is a perfectionist pur sang, but has seemingly endless patience. He teaches every student as fast or slow as they need, and as a result, everyone that spends time training with him will improve tremendously.

Tai Chi Retreat Master Bao    Kungfu Taiji Master Bao

Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and kungfu spirit

The Masters and students genuinely care about and respect each other at our academy. When students describe their experience at our kungfu school, they often mention the enjoyable atmosphere in their reviews. It is a truly unique gathering of people from all over the world, all dedicated to learning and perfecting their art. Consequently, to be surrounded by so many like-minded people is a great experience for any martial artist!

Here’s exactly what you get in the Tai Chi Retreat

        > 2 – 3 rejuvenating Tai Chi classes and 1 energizing Qi Gong class every weekday;
        > All optional, equally fun and relaxing classes & activities;
        > Excellent teacher that knows how to transfer their knowledge and experience (English speaking);
        >  A lot of personal attention during class in small groups, so you benefit optimally;
        > 3 delicious, healthy meals a day, every day (vegetarian diet possible upon request);
        > Spacious accommodation where you can rest properly before and after class (double room);
        > Choice of several sightseeing tours (based on the trip schedule);
        > Professional on-site translator;
        > Free Mandarin Chinese language classes;
        > Certificate of Achievement and Weapons Certificate (if applicable);
        > Maling Shaolin Kungfu Academy T-shirt;
        > Free internet in your room;
        > Wonderfully peaceful environment surrounded by nature.

Maling Shaolin Kungfu Academy building  Maling Shaolin Kungfu Academy building 3  Peaceful scenic nature around kungfu academy

Tai Chi Retreat training Program

During the Tai Chi weeks in autumn and spring, the weekly training program offers Tai Chi classes 2 – 3 times a day, as well as a range of optional other activities. You are welcome to join as many (or as few) classes as you wish. The program is the same every week.

Tai Chi Retreat China
Weekly Tai Chi Retreat training program at Maling Shaolin Kungfu Academy

We understand you may not want to get up very early during your holidays. However, we highly recommend that you attend the early morning Tai Chi session. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the early morning is considered the optimal time of the day for tai chi because the energy in the air is at its highest.

How to book your Tai Chi Retreat ?

Individual retreats and groups smaller than 10 people
You can book your retreat by filling in the  online application form. Please indicate in the comments that you wish to attend the Tai Chi Retreat and whether or not you would like the academy to book your flight tickets & transport in China. You can book your stay during the first 2-3 weeks of the Spring and Autumn (see the exact dates in the next paragraph). If those dates are not convenient for you,  please contact us to join existing group bookings at other dates.

Groups of 10 people or more
You can book your retreat by filling in the online application form on our website. Please indicate in the comments that you wish to attend the Tai Chi Retreat, the number of people in your group, and whether or not you would like the academy to book your flight tickets & transport in China. You can book your stay at any time in the designated weeks in autumn and spring (it doesn’t have to be from Monday to Sunday).

Available dates for Tai Chi Retreat bookings
Tai Chi retreats are offered during  the whole year except in the national holidays.  If you are not sure about the dates you want to join are a holiday, please contact us.

The registration deadline is  4 weeks prior to your desired start date, to ensure there is enough time to get your visa application in order.
Learning taiji broadsword     Learning taiji 42 step    Tai chi corrections

Tai Chi Retreat fee and costs

All prices are shown in US dollars.
        > 7 day retreat $500
        > 14 day retreat $780
        > 21 day retreat $900
> 28 day retreat $1000
> Within 4 weeks, an extra day $55;  exceeding 4 weeks, an extra day is $50.
        > Single room surcharge $70 p/wk* (*based on availability)

In order to reserve your rooms, a down payment of 30% is required at the time of booking. Please ensure the full amount due is received by the academy at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival date.

Costs to travel to China
Travel to China is not included in the price. However, we are  happy to advise the most suitable travel itinerary for you.

You can fly to four different cities in order to get to our academy: Xuzhou, Lianyungang, Beijing or Shanghai. Flights to Xuzhou and Lianyungang are the easiest option, as the academy provides pick-up services from those airports. Flights to Beijing and Shanghai are often cheaper, but from these cities you will need to take a train (about 5-6 hrs extra travel time) to get to the academy. Train tickets can easily be booked on

Tai Chi students posingBelow you see an indication what the price of traveling might be. Please note that prices vary according to season and time of booking.

        > Flight to Shanghai, Beijing, Lianyungang or Xuzhou           $ 400 – 1100
        > Train from Shanghai or Beijing to Xuzhou                               $ 45 – 125
        > Pick-up from Xuzhou to the academy                                         $ 60
       > Pick-up from Lianyungang to the academy                              $ 50
        > Train from Xuzhou to Xinyi                                                               $ 6
        > Pick-up from Xinyi to  the academy                                               Free


Are you ready to book the tai chi retreat which will make you rested, recovered, fitter and healthier?
Click here to apply now!


Contact Us
If you have any further questions or would like our assistance, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to help.
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Other useful information

Medical & health information

  • If you have any medical condition that you believe may be sensitive to the practices we teach, please inform us in writing in advance.
  • It is possible to receive Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments for your medical conditions. These treatments are not included in the price, but are generally not expensive. Please contact us.
  • We recommend you purchase a medical/travel insurance to cover possible injuries, illnesses and home transport from your stay in China. The academy assumes no responsibility for injuries occurring before, during or after training, while under the academy’s supervision.
  • There are no vaccinations required to enter China, except for a Yellow Fever vaccination if you are arriving from an infected area. It is best to consult your doctor or a travel clinic in advance of leaving. There might be other vaccinations you’d like to take, such as the Hepatitis and tetanus vaccine (recommended).


Cancellations & refunds

  • You can cancel your Tai Chi Retreat booking by sending us an email. The following refund policy applies to all bookings:
    > more than 10 days in advance: 100% refund
    > less than 10 days in advance: 75% refund
    > less than 5 days in advance: 50% refund
    > less than 48 hours in advance: not eligible for refund.
  • For cancellations of transportation booked for you by the academy, please refer to the company executing your transport. We provide the booking as an extra service, but are not authorized to grant any refunds. For transportation executed by the academy, you will receive a full refund if the transportation is not executed.
Shaolin Boxing Kung Fu Style

Shaolin Boxing

Shaolin boxing is hard, strong, fast and according to the Chinese it is “filled with softness inside.” It is also plain and practical with every action, both attack and defense as well as in pose. As the old saying goes: practice in a place where only a cow can lie; such is shaolin boxing, you’re not limited by the place and its size.

The shaolin style embodies a word — hard. It is practiced with both attack and defense, but mostly attack. The form is not only beautiful, but also practical. The steps are flexible. Shaolin teaches you actions forward, actions of retreat, reaction and to punch directly in front of you. On body and fist, it is required that the arm is not too straight and to keep all the forward and backward motion natural. The foot technique must be stable and flexible, the eye technique requires staring at the opponent’s eyes and for the breathing, the Qi should be “down to your dan tian'” before the Qi is released. “The action is as fast as a flash, a spin- like a turning wheel, a stance like pine and jump like a fly.”


Tai Chi (Taiji)

Translated into English, tai chi roughly translates as: “supreme boxing,” “the root of all motion,” and “optimal fist fighting.” It is considered a martial art, but unlike the most combative styles, tai chi is based on fluidity and circular movements. Tai chi masters say that this gentle dance develops the flexibility of a child, the strength of a lumberjack and, eventually, the wisdom of a sage.

Tai chi embodies the Chinese idea that all life is based on life energy, or qi. Many tai chi forms incorporate movement of the arms as though one is gently holding a big beach ball of chi. Based on the Chinese world view, tai chi divides qi into two equal, opposite and complementary parts, yin and yang.  Tai chi incorporates the yin-yang unity of opposites in many ways, for example, during tai chi routines, the weight shifts repeatedly from one leg to the other and the arms move in opposite, yet complementary directions.


Chi Kung (Qigong)

Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese energy (Qi) practice. Qi means energy, Gong means work. It is based on the concept of Qi energy which flows through the body. It is used for both medical and health purposes and to improve ones martial arts practice. Most Qi Gong is now a mixture between Taoist & Buddhist energy cultivation practices. Qi Gong is a self-healing art that combines movement and meditation.

When speaking of Qi Gong, firstly, we should understand what the essence of “Qi” is. There are many kinds of “Qi,” but Chinese traditional culture emphasizes that the most basic one is “Yuan Qi” – the origin of all living things. Yuan Qi is an engine or an anchor for human’s growth, metabolism and physical development. Yuan Qi also plays an important role in fighting off illnesses. So Chinese medicine teaches that the life all depends on the circulation of Qi.

Qi Gong is founded on a whole life outlook, related to the law of nature. When practicing it, you mainly take the initiative of your own consciousness .The content includes 3 adjustments: to adjust your mind in peace, to adjust your body into the best condition and to adjust your breath in balance .If you keep training regularly and persisting, gradually the function of many parts of your body will be greatly enhanced and step by step, your health condition will be improved. The practice is able to improve quality of life, and naturally transmute and develop a deeper awareness of subtle energies.

Qi Gong and Kung Fu

All great Kung Fu makes use of energy training (chi kung) to develop internal force, without which it remains at the external, mechanical level, considered by Chinese martial artists as rather rough and inferior. Kung fu training with qi gong enhances harmonious chi flow, thus promoting health, vitality and longevity.

Qi Gong and Zen

There are three aspects in all types of qi gong, namely: form (xing), energy (qi) and mind. If you practice only the form, without the energy and mind dimensions, you are merely performing physical exercise; strictly speaking not qi gong, for there is no training of energy. For an effective control of energy, you have to enter what is called in modern terms a Zen state of mind. In the past, this was called “entering Zen”(ru chan) or “entering silence”(ru ding).

When you are in Zen or a meditative state of mind, you can, among other things, tap energy from the cosmos and direct that energy to flow into wherever you want in your body. It is this mind aspect of qi gong, even more than its energy aspect,  that enables qi gong masters to perform what lay people would think of as miraculous, or, depending on their attitude, fakery.

Qi Gong styles

Dynamic Qi gong, static Qi gong, dynamic and static Qi gong.
Dynamic Qigong means to combine the body’s moves with mind and to breath to achieve a peaceful mind through a moving body. The usually practiced forms in the Shaolin Temple are Ba Duan Jin, Yi Jin Jing and Xi Sui Jing.
Static Qigong uses standing, sitting and posing postures to combine the practicing mind, and high speed breath. The mind practices to gain, calculate, and control qi. This form of qi gong can be practiced through meditating standing still, in the sitting lotus position or through a meditation in pose.
Dynamic and static Qigong is based on static Qi gong, to use qi and blood to drive the body to move or even jump high and fly.

The practice of Qi Gong has three requirements.

1. Regulating your breathing (breath naturally)
2. Controlling your mind (get rid of your distracting thoughts)
3. Regulate your body (keep your body coordinated naturally)

Benefits of Qi Gong
According to Chinese medicine, practicing chi kung can cure as well as prevent all kinds of illness, including diseases like asthma, diabetes, hypertension and cancer which are generally considered “incurable” by conventional medicine. Practicing chi kung is also very effective for overcoming psychological problems.

There are many wonderful benefits derived from practising Shaolin Cosmos Qi Gong:
Curing illness and promoting health.
Enhancing vitality and developing internal force.
Promoting youth and longevity.
Expanding the mind and the intellect. Spiritual cultivation.

In a word, practising Qi gong can strengthen your body and mind, which can help you in combat or competition . The longer you practice, the more Qi you will obtain.

photo of Sanda Chinese boxing


Sanda, ‘Chinese Kickboxing’, is also called Sanshou ,which roughly translates as “actual combat”. In the past, Chinese called it “technique fighting” or “striking”. The simple concept of Sanda is two people fighting against each other without weapons.

The four attacking methods are Kicking, Hitting, Wrestling, and Controlling. Sanda combines using skill in pose and technique. The Sanda pose is normally called a “ready” stance, where the fighter is prepared for combat. Training in Sanda can help you keep your body in powerful condition, and develops the quickest of reflexes. The skill of Sanda is in combining movements of Step, Fist, Leg, Knee, Wrestling, Defending and Constant attacking.

Making use of fast movements to attack or defend, the fighter leaves little of their body exposed, very effective in protecting the key parts of your body and all the time, your eyes focus on the upper body of your adversary.

The movements of Sanda are that of a fighting art, however it is distinct from fighting martial arts that cause injury and disabilities. Sanda has strict rules to ensure the safety of the two fighters. Rules state that attacking the back of the head, neck and crotch of the opponent is prohibited. In Sanda, you are allowed to exercise the skills of different Wushu schools.

After long-term training, having mastered Sanda skills a Sanda practitioner will have very fast defensive and offensive reflexes if suddenly attacked. In comparison to an ordinary person, a Sanda athlete has a much higher resisting ability. Sanda not only improves physical qualities such as strength, endurance, flexibility, and sensitivity but also develops people’s health both physically and mentally. Sticking to the training makes the body strong and strengthens bones and muscles.


Wing Chun (Yongchun)

Wing Chun (Wing Tsun or Yong Chun) is a splendid Chinese internal southern kung fu style. It is said Wing Chun was created by a female Shaolin Master called Wu Mei. She was also a great master in Shaolin white crane style. In Qing Dynasty (1644—1911), the Southern Shaolin Temple was set on fire by the government. Five great Shaolin Martial Artists (Wu Mei, Zhi Shan, Bai Mei, Feng Dao De and Miao Xian) managed to fight the enemy and escape. In order to avoid the Persecution for the government, Wu Mei hid in the DaLiang Mountain, which is situated on the boarder of Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. In this duration, she kept practicing Kung fu. Occasionally she saw a snake and crane fight which enlightened her, so that she created her own unique style on this basis. Later on, she passed this style to Yan Yong Chun (Yim Wing Chun). After Wing Chun gained this, she systematized it and widely spread the form. Then people named this style Wing Chun to memorize her.

Wing Chun trains the awareness of one’s own body movement derived from muscular, tendon, and articular sources. A correct Wing Chun stance is like a piece of bamboo, firm but flexible, rooted but yielding. This structure is used to either deflect external forces or redirect them. Wing Chun favors a high, narrow stance with the elbows kept close to the body. Within the stance, arms are positioned across the vitals of the center line. Shifting or turning within a stance is carried out on the heels, balls, or middle of the foot depending on lineage. All attacks and counter-attacks are initiated from this firm, stable base.

Wing Chun features: steady stances, generation of forces, three tricks with six forces, fists playing close to one’s own body, usage of explosive power, stressing on real combat, focusing on completion of movements, combination of offence and defense by forcing up or crushing down the fists or feet from the opposing side. This style of Chuan emphasizes speed of play, keeping fists and feet close to one’s body for better protection, as well as to prepare for attacks and fighting the opponent at close range. When fighting, Yongchun boxers contain their chest, arch the back, close their elbows and knees, draw in their ribs, keep their thighs closed to protect the groin. When they use their feet for attack, they must also use their hands in cooperation. When they kick they do not expose their groin and when they deliver fist blows, their hands do not leave the front of their body.

What’s commonly seen are six Wing Chun forms: three empty hand forms, one “wooden dummy” form, and two weapons forms.

  • Siu Nim Tao 小念头; means “little idea” or “little imagination”.
  • Chum Kiu 寻桥; means “seeking the bridge”. Alternately “sinking bridge”.
  • Biu Tze 镖指; “darting fingers”.
  • Muk Yan Jong 木人桩; “wooden dummy”
  • Baat Jaam Do 八斩刀; means “Eight Chopping/Slashing Knives“.
  • Luk Dim Boon Gwun 六点半棍; means”Six and A Half Point Pole”.

Read much more about the history of Wing Chun and Wing Chun at the academy »


Ba Gua

Bagua Plam (Zhang) or the eight-diagram palm is one of the most popular styles of martial arts in China. Other names for bagua include Youshen Bagua (roving eight-diagram), Longxing Bagua (dragon-shaped eight-diagram), Xingyi Bagua (Xingyi eight-diagram boxing), Yinyang Bapan Zhang (positive negative eight-plate palm).
It is one of three Neijia Fists (Neijia Fist means fists that mainly focus on the training and refinement of your spirit, internal energy and potential). The two main elements in Bagua are the interaction between the palm and feet movements. It combines the internal and concentration of breath with the external form of movements.

There are different stories about the origin of Bagua. Some say it originated among the anti-Qing Dynasty cliques while others believe that it was created by the two Taoist priests Bi Yun and Jing Yun on Mount Emei , Sichuan Province, during the late Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty and then passed down through its nine generations of practitioners.
The eight-diagram palm is based on the old Chinese philosophy of eight combinations of three whole and broken lines used in divination. While practicing, the practitioner moves according to the eight diagrams. There are eight basic palm plays. A total of 64 palm tricks and moves have come from the original eight basic palm plays. Apart from solo practices, there is also sparring: Sanshou (free sparring) and fighting with weapons, such as Bagua sword play, Bagua sabre play and Bagua cudgel play, and Bagua play of 7 star decorated-shaft etc. While practicing these routines, practitioners move around like a dragon moving amidst clouds.

Bagua Zhang features dexterity and agility. When moving around it is like walking in a muddy place, with footsteps changing all the time like running water. Palm tricks and body movements follow one after another. The moving around looks like endless circles overlapping each another. The body turns around from the waist during walking, moving, turning, rising and falling. Palm tricks change with the movements of the body. When the upper body protrudes, the lower part of the body squats back to keep balance. When the arms are sent out, the feet draw back. When moving, like a dragon roaming; when squatting, like a tiger sitting; when looking around, like a monkey on the lookout and when moving, like an eagle circling.

Most of Bagua Zhang boxers are found in Hebei Province. Some of them learned Bagua Zhang from scratch from their tutors, while other martial art practitioners asked Bagua masters for advice to improve their skills. Over the years various routines of exercises have been cultivated in different styles.


Xing Yi

Xingyi boxing is known as one of the excellent Chinese traditional internal styles, emphasizing not only on training the body but crucially also, the mind. Xingyi is a unity between the external forms and internal energy.
It focuses on Mind dominating Qi, the physical movements and mind join together and Qi cooperating with strength. Through incorporating the physical forms, the concentration of mind with the combination of the internal and external practice, Xingyi is a very effective combat technique. However, it can also improve the learner’s health, cultivate the soul and prolong one’s life.

Xingyi boxing originated from the Xinyi Liuhe boxing style and formed a unique character of its own. Xingyi boxing came to be well-known as a martial art style after it’s creation by Li Luoneng in 1856. Xingyi means to imitate the shape (Xing in Chinese) while fully understand the meaning (Yi in Chinese). It pays much attention to the combination of both inner and outer exercise.

Xingyi boxing uses the Yin and Yang and the five elements theory (Wuxing in Chinese) of Chinese traditional culture to describe the movement regulations. The technique and theory can be summed up by the 5 elements) metal, wood, water, fire and earth. The content and theory of the 5 elements, based on traditional Chinese philosophy, inspired the Xingyi Fist and weapon forms. The 5 elements correspond to the 5 forms of Xingyi Fist: Chopping Fist, Beng Fist, Zuan Fist, Pao Fist and Heng Fist.

In addition, these are 12 shapes of technique: Dragon, Tiger, Monkey, Horse, Crocodile, Bear, Sparrowhawk, Swallow, Eagle, Snake, Cat and Crane. The movements emphasize 6 combinations, which includes 3 internal combinations and 3 external combinations. The “3 Internals” are namely the combination between “right effort” and consciousness (mind), between the consciousness and the “Internal Qi” and between the “Internal Qi” and Internal strength. The “3 Externals” are the combinations between the hands and the feet, between the elbows and knees and between the shoulders and arms. The main points are having the agile waist of a dragon, the strong shoulder of a bear, the nimble way of an eagle and make sound like thunder.

The popular fist forms are Wuxing Continuance fist, Xingyi Eight Poses, 12 Hong Chui, Anshen Chui, Xingyi Continuance fist, Wuxing Continuance broadsword, Wuxing Continuance straight sword, Wuxing Continuance staff, Wuxing Continuance staff, complex staff, Xingyi 13 spear, and some rare weapons like horn sword, antler hoe and iron chopsticks etc.


Liang Yi

Liang Yi Quan is also known as Tai Yi Quan. The term ‘Liang Yi’, when literally translated, means ‘chaos’. Liang Yi is thus based on the notion of that which existed in the universe before the yin-yang balance of complementary forces came into being. Hence, while the yin-yang balance is normally represented by the Tai Ji, the chaos which existed before this balance came into being is reflected in the Liang Yi symbol, in which yin and yang sit part. As Liang Yi Quan combines fast and slow, soft and hard, and Yin and Yang, it is called the Two Extremes.
In appearance and style, Liang Yi Quan has been referred to as a ‘fast Tai Ji Quan’.It is a decisive, dominating and efficient form of Wushu which allows a knowledgeable practitioner to disable an opponent quickly and effectively. Whilst its physical origins are to be found in a combination of Tai Ji and Baguazhang, the theoretical and philosophical basis of the Liang Yi pressure point system lies in a combination of traditional Chinese medicine and the ‘Book of Changes’ (an ancient text which forms part of the basis for traditional Chinese beliefs).

Pressure point is one of the most important parts of Liang Yi Quan. Liang Yi Quan is an internal style of kung-fu originating in ancient China, with roots in traditional Chinese medicine. Pressure point is based on the theories of yin (negative) and yang (positive), and of the five external elements, which are metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. Besides the Liang Yi Quan pressure point system, all Kung Fu styles based on pressure points have been lost.