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Tao Yin, Taoist Paradise, Great Wall of China Tour - April 2020

Posted by Master Aaron Khor on 21 Aug 2019

Join Grandmaster Gary Khor on an amazing tour of China. AATC's Tour China will take you to the very heart of China, where you'll see things you've never even imagined... Travelling with AATC is an amazing, fun-filled adventure.

Tiger Dragon Mountain is a world Natural Heritage geological park, natural and cultural heritage site.

One of the earliest Taoist temples built here during the Tang dynasty was the Zhenxian Temple when Tao-ism flourished. At its peak, there were 10 Taoist Palaces, 81 Taoist temples, 50 Taoist courtyards and ten nunneries. Over the years, many temples were destroyed or ruined, leaving only the Tianshi Mansion.

Scenic Spots This region contain typical Danxia Land-formations which consist of a red bed characterized by steep cliffs". It is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China. Danxia landform is formed from red-of coloured sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. They were formed by endogenous forces (including uplift) and exogenous forces (including weathering and erosion). There are 24 cliffs, 99 peaks, 108 natural and cultural scenic spots, and over 20 legendary wells and pools. Luxi River flows like a jade ribbon through the valley linking Shangqing Palace, Tianshi Mansion, Longhu Mountain, Fairy Water Cliff and other spots.

CHANGSHA Mawangdui Han Tombs is one of the most exciting spots in Hunan Province. All three tombs were excavated between 1972 and 1974. Over 3,000 relics have been unearthed from the tombs like silk products, silk books, silk paintings, lacquer works, potteries, bamboo slips used for writing, weapons, herbs and so on. Of which the lac-quer works occupy the largest number, including ancient cooking vessels, boxes, and folding screens.

Hunan Provincial Museum

A painted scroll known as Dao Yin tu found in tomb three at Mawangdui in 1973 dated to 168 BC shows coloured drawings of 44 figures in standing and sitting postures doing Tao yin exercises. It is the earliest physical exercise chart in the world so far and illustrates a medical system which does not rely on external factors such as medication, surgery or treatments but internal factors to prevent disease

YELLOW MOUNTAIN

Famous for its stunning peculiar natural sceneries composed of high peaks, strange pines and glacial landforms. The fairy-land-like Huangshan national park is a World Natural and Cultural Heritage Site. In different seasons the mountain has various and unique beauty, such as wild spring flowers, spec-ular summer waterfalls, colourful autumn leaves and white winter rime. Grotesque rocks can be seen almost on every peak of Huangshan Mountain. From different viewing angles, the rocks look like human beings, animals or other objects. Accordingly, they are given different vivid names such as Monkey Stone and Flying over Stone. Sea of Clouds is known for its beauty, scarcity, marvelousness, and flexibility. You would be lucky to see this rarely seen scenery as it only occurs around 50 days in a year. The whole mountain is as pretty as a huge ink-wash painting when enveloped in the misty clouds. Looking at the floating clouds pouring down from mountaintops will highlight your Yellow Mountain trip.

XIAN & TERRACOTTA WARRIOR Once the terminus of the Silk Road and a melting pot of cultures and religions and home to emperors, courtesans, poets, monks, merchants and warriors. Xian’s Ming-era city walls remain intact, and vendors of all descriptions still crowd the narrow lanes of the warren-like Muslim Quarter, The Terracotta Army is one of the most famous archaeolog-ical finds in the world. This subterranean life-size army of thousands has silently stood guard over the soul of China's first emperor for more than two millennia. 

JINSHALING GREAT WALL

Located 3 hours northeast of Beijing. It is 10km long with 5 passes, 67 towers and 3 beacon towers. The Great Wall at Jinshanling has complete defensive system including barrier walls, battlement walls, watchtowers, gun emplacements, shooting holes, horse blocking walls, and branch cities. Also known as 'paradise of photographer' The General Tower is the key of the defensive system. To its north are beacon tow-ers, branch walls, buttress walls, and horse blocking walls. Barrier walls stand to its east and west. Beacon towers were used to detect and send military signals. The branch & but-tress walls protect the General Tower, the Zhuanduokou Pass and the Shalingkou Pass from enemy attacks. A highlight of the architectural art of the Great Wall is the Kylin Screen Wall found on the Small Pot Tower. Painters portray “The kylin as standing on auspicious clouds, with its mouth open and tongue sticking out”.

HANGZHOU & WESTLAKE

West Lake has influenced poets and painters through-out Chinese history for its natural beauty & historic relics. It has also been among the most important sources of inspira-tion for Chinese garden designers as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries" reflecting "an idealized fusion between humans and nature".

West Lake not only hosts abundant natural and cultural re-sources, it also possesses various plant resources. Around the year, all kinds of flowers and plants in West Lake and on surrounding mountains blossom alternatively, which enrich-es the landscape of plantation around the lake and also sig-nificantly improves the environmental quality of the city.

West Lake is divided by three causeways, and it comprises lots of pagodas, temples, pavilions, gardens, causeways, as well as artificial islands. The scenery of West Lake has al-ways been praised by numerous Chinese poets and artists since ancient time for the perfection combination of stunning natural scenery and human culture.

Training with local masters, in-depth sightseeing, sumptuous Chinese health cuisine, and exquisite shopping. A truly cultural experience. Traveling with the Academy is a fun fulfilled adventure. You are never lonely or neglected. You are with CARING FRIENDS! It is like traveling with an extended family. There is always someone to share your delights and excitement.

With Grandmaster Khor leading the tour, you can truly relax, knowing that you are always in safe hands in China.

Flights, Hotels, Meals, Sight-seeing all included, Book now with a $500 to secure a spot. Send an e-mail below or contact (02) 9797 9355

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