Cultural Immersion

A true taste of china...

Tai Chi and Shaolin Kung Fu


Tai chi is one of China' s most prominent and ancient arts , developed thousands of years ago and due to its beneficial impact on the health of millions of people it is still widely practiced today with a growing popularity in the world. Now you are here inYangshuo, a beautiful relaxing part of South-China with tai chi schools abound, you are offered an excellent opportunity to train with some of the best tai chi masters in China at very affordable tuition fees. Take this unique chance to engage in an introductory course if you are a beginner or to further improve your skills as an intermediate or advanced practitioner to delve deeper into this art with some of the best tai chi masters the world has on offer.

Teachers generally have a different teaching style and will emphasize different aspects about tai chi which can make it a quite difficult and time consuming task to find the most appropriate master for you. At Trippers Carpe Diem, with a most inspiring practice ground on the rooftop, you can gain from the experience and knowledge of your host about theYangshuo tai chi school scene to find the most appropriate tai chi teacher for you. Of all Yangshuo tai chi masters, we generally recommend Master Kim as he is very dedicated tai chi master, with years of experience training foreigners, carefully observing postures not to strain joints and ligaments, is fluent in English, and a very warm and compassionate person on and off the training ground. More about Kim and tai chi in general at the Yangshuo Tai Chi School Training center

Mandarin Lessons


We offer Chinese Language courses that you can do at your own time and pace. Classes can be taken in either your room or outside on one of our terraces. You can decide which aspect you want to learn, whether it be speaking Mandarin, writing or reading the characters. The teaching hours are flexible and can be arranged to suit your needs. Mandarin teacher Janie  has been a favorite with expats and travelers residing in Yangshuo since before i arrived here, may 2007.

Liu San Jie Lightshow


The now famous Liu Sanjie lightshow in Yangshuo had its premier in 2004 and is supposed to be the biggest natural stage in the world. The Liu Sanjie show was created by Zhang Yi Mou, who has also created and choreographed the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and directed such famous Chinese movies as 'Raise the Red Lantern'. Liu Sanjie is located about 2 km from West Street and the show is performed on the waters of the Li River, further downstream from our guesthouse. Twelve karst formations are lit up, utilizing the wonders of nature to form the backdrop to the stage. The performance can look different each time as mist, rain and moonlight naturally alter the set of the stage. Over 600 locals who are mainly farmers, fisherman and youngsters perform and sing to often over a 10,000 strong audience

Cooking Classes


The Yangshuo Cooking School offers a good opportunity to learn how to prepare simple but absolutely delicious local Chinese dishes generated from a culture with over 5000 years of history and a very fertile environment. Classes can be attended in either their traditional farmhouse in the countryside or right here along the Li-river, between our hostel and Yangshuo's town center, with splendid views of the Li-river and the karst scenery. After being picked-up near our hostel, you will be guided along thelocal market to learn more about the local ingredients, how to select and use them. Then you will be taught in a very professional and friendly manner to prepare 5 local dishes yourself using your own individual cooking equipment and ingredients. Once the food is ready everybody can enjoy the dishes they made in a beautiful setting, while you can learn more about local customs and Chinese culture in general. Recommended!

Caligraphy Lessons


Calligraphy teacher Cai Lei studied with a private teacher since he was 6 years old until he went to high school. But as with tai chi, the learning never stops and he still continues his study today. Some of his work can be seen in The Alley, the Yangshuo Beer Bar in the town center. Mister Cai Lei will teach you how to hold the brush, how to use the paper and the ink. He emphasizes the need for students to practice alone between his classes, as to become a good calligrapher one has to embody the art, with the heart writing, not the mind. Speaks fluent English.

Cormorant Fishing


Cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing technique which has been used around asia since 960AD. Yangshuo is fortuntate to still have this beautifull and intriguing fishing style still practised on the Li-River. The fisherman usually set out at dusk and usea latern to attract the fish, they then release the courmarants that swim along side the raft, diving down to collect the startled fish, they then return to the boat and release the fish to the fisherman before going back in for more. Our hotel can arrange for you to watch this unique experience

Festivals


China is famous for its many and varied festivals full of colour and rich with tradition, yangshuo certainly dosnt shy away from these special occasions, and festival periods are usually the busiest time of the year as many people come to celebrate these special days in the beautifull enviroment of Yangshuo. As well as the big national festivals, Yangshuo also celebrates severall smaller festivals particualar to the area, such as the traditional fishing festival. and the temple festival held in pudi village. These special occasions are an excellent opportunity to witness the rich and varied traditions of this historical society.