Traditional Chinese Medicine Health Cultivation Cultural Tour in China
 
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has its unique feature in treating chronic and intricate diseases. Traditional Chinese Medicine Health Preservation tour is based on TCM resources and health preservation facilities. It stems from the unique TCM theoretical system and integrates modern technology with traditional health preservation principals. This tour is ideal for those who wish to revitalize their body and soul and escape the stress of their daily lives. You may have a basic knowledge of TCM health preservation, try delicious TCM dishes, get pampered in the best massage centers, relax at natural hot spring and laze on pure white sandy beaches as well as visit cultural and historical scenic spots. You will have a fantastic and healthy touring experience with medical treatment, rehabilitation, health preservation and culture immersion. 
 
With rich TCM culture and resources, Beijing has many experienced TCM experts and advanced hospitals providing precise treatment and best service for visitors from all around the world. Sanya is a rare convergence of bright sunshine, soft sand, fresh air, clear water, pleasant climate, beautiful natural tropical scenery and rich historical sites, all of which adds up to one of the world's most promising tourist destinations. It is considered the most suitable city for people to live in China and the best city in terms of air quality, No.1 in China and No.2 in the world.

Recommended Itinerary:

Day 1:Beijing
Arrive in Beijing and check in the hotel. The rest day is at your leisure to explore the beauty of Beijing.
Day 2:Beijing
Go to the International Section of Dongzhimen Hospital to have TCM health examination by TCM pundits there. Visit the Cultural Park for TCM health cultivation in Temple of Earth to learn the methods & essence of TCM health cultivation. Museum of Chinese Medicine is another stop.
Day 3:Beijing
Visit Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City-the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties and the world's largest palace complex. Then, visit Tong Ren Tang Pharmaceutical Factory and Tong Ren Tang Drugstore to see the oldest way to process the herbs as well as modern processing methods.
Day 4:Beijing
Take a scenic drive through the countryside to reach China’s most renowned monument – the Great Wall. It meanders through China’s northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert – a distance of over 3500 miles! Then, go to Tai Shen Xiang He Villa to taste 24 Jieqi health cultivation cuisine developed by the TCM specialists. Experience different imperial herbal bath based on your body condition.
Day 5:Beijing
Visit Beijing Medicinal Plant Garden in the morning. The garden is aiming to collect germplasm resources of medical plants, protect the diversity of medicinal plants, conserve the rare and endangered medicinal plants and popularize traditional culture of Chinese medicine. Learn to identify varied Chinese herbs. Taste medicinal food lunch at Zhongwei Imperial Medicinal Food Restaurant – known for taking fresh medicinal plants as cooking materials in Beijing. Then, visit the Summer Palace - the best preserved and the second largest royal garden in China.
Day 6:Beijing/Sanya
Fly to Sanya from Beijing and check in a luxury hotel at Yalong Bay. Explore the beauty of Sanya or relax on the Yalong Bay beautiful beach in the afternoon on your own.
Day 7:Sanya
Visit the Nanshan Cultural Tourist Area displaying mainly Buddhist culture, the Chinese culture, national folklore, ocean scenery and historical sites. Key features of the zone include the “Nanshan Temple”, “Nanshan Guanyin Statue on the South China Sea”, “Savior Garden”, “Auspicious Garden” and “Longevity Valley”. Experience Buddhist vegetarian lunch there. In the afternoon, relax yourself in the best spring resort in China – Nantian Hot Spring which offers different pools, including coconut milk pool, coffee pool, Chinese herbs pool and alcohol pool etc.
Day 8:Sanya
Have Tai Chi or Kung Fu lessons with Shaolin masters in the morning. Relax at Yalong Bay for whole day. It is renowned as the “best bay in China” which features in – pure and blue sky, fresh and humid air, rolling hills, wild and quiet mangrove forest, a slice of white and soft beach, colorful seascapes under water. Yalong Bay has been developed to a full-fledged resort. It is divided into several attractions, including Yalong Bay Central Square, Butterfly Valley, Tropical Botanical Garden, Shell Pavilion, Underwater World, etc.
Day 9:Sanya
Visit Nanwan Monkey Island—the only tropical island type nature reserve for macaques monkeys in China. This island boasts of many special sites, such as the longest transoceanic ropeway in China, the charming coconut palms, the natural bathing place, multicolored coral reefs, and the unique fishing rafts, as well as being the paradise for nearly 2,000 lively and adorable Macaque monkeys. Have a SPA to achieve bodily balance after a hard day’s eco-tour.
Day 10:Sanya
Visit Sanya Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. Traditional Chinese Medicine and TCM health preservation lectures are offered by the hospital’s TCM experts. You will have chance to see distinct TCM treatments such as Tuina, acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, Gua Sha etc. Taste TCM health preservation lunch. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Li and Miao Village. Li and Miao are two local ethnic habitants which have their own culture and live the originate life style.
Day 11:Sanya
Today, you will spend your whole day in the Wuzhizhou Island. It is praised as the “Chinese great barrier reef” and “Chinese first diving destination” with the limpid seawater, abundant kinds of fish, divertive entertainments and the unique od island’s hotel. It is the paradise for leisure resort where about 20 kinds of marine and beach entertainment are put on offer including diving, semi-submerged ship, sea fishing, water skiing, sailing ship, motorboat, surfing, riding, beach volleyball, beach football, etc.
Day 12:Departure
Transfer to Sanya Phoenix International Airport and fly to your next destination.

 

The Theory Basis of Chinese Traditional Medicine:
Yin and Yang
Central to the treatment are the TCM theories of the yin and yang, considered the two opposing forces of the body. The yin represents the cold, feminine and passive parts, while the yang represents the hot, masculine and active ones. TCM practitioners believe that when these two parts are out of balance, the smooth flow of qi energy streams through paths in the body is disrupted.
 
Five Phases
The Chinese term Wuxing (five phases) refers to a fivefold conceptual scheme that is found throughout traditional Chinese thought. These five phases are wood (Mu), fire (Huo), earth (Tu), metal (Jin), and water (Shui); they are regarded as dynamic, interdependent modes or aspects of the universe’s ongoing existence and development.    Although this fivefold scheme resembles ancient Greek discourse about the four elements, these Chinese “phases” are seen as ever-changing material forces, while the Greek elements typically are regarded as unchanging building blocks of matter. Prior to the Han dynasty, Wuxing functioned less as a school of thought and more as a way of describing natural processes hidden from ordinary view. During the period of the Han dynasty (202 B.C.E.-220 C.E.), Wuxing thought became a distinct philosophical tradition (Jia, “family” or “school”). Since that time, the Wuxing system has been applied to the explanation of natural phenomena and extended to the description of aesthetic principles, historical events, political structures, and social norms, among other things. Cosmology, morality, and medicine remain the chief arenas of Wuxing thought, but virtually every aspect of Chinese life has been touched by it. As such, Wuxing has come to be inseparable from Chinese itself and belongs to no single stream of classical Chinese philosophy.
 
Meanings of Wuxing
When seeking to understand the Wuxing system, we encounter multiple uses of this term in pre-Han and Han sources that may signal the need for more than one translation from Chinese into any differing target language. We may ask, are we speaking about five elements, five phases, five movements, five actions, or something altogether different? The truth is that, depending on the use and context, any one of these might be an appropriate translation.
 
It has become routine in recent decades to insist that, in its cosmological uses, Wuxing should be rendered into English as “five phases” rather than “five elements”, and to make a deliberate distinction between the role of these five in Chinese cosmology and the notion of the four elements in Greek thought, according to which the Greek notions of earth, air, fire, water are generally thought to represent actual fixed material substances. Sometimes Wuxing has been translated into English as “five elements”, but when we actually watch the work that Xing does in the Chinese language, it is used to describe movement (e.g. walking), alteration, changing states of being, permutations or metamorphoses. To back translate, then, the Chinese conception of “element” is quite different from the Western one, in that it does not imply a fixed substantial essence that remains unchanged and constitutes the discrete difference between one object and all others. Whereas the four elements in Western Greek thought were understood as the basic building blocks of matter, the Chinese, by contrast, viewed objects as ever-changing and moving forces or energies of five sorts. These five phases work interactively and have identifiable correlations that instantiate both objects and natural processes as we know them.
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