Tai Chi in the park at Westlake 2 minutes from the Flower Inn in Hangzhou. Hundreds of people practicing forms, sword, Chi Gung ballroom dancing and lots more on a balmy hot morning. In the shade of willows and with a hint of a breeze off the lake it was a very pleasant morning. I woke at 6am surprised to find it light and busy outside. Surprised because it was dark and quiet in my room. The immediate location is a short walk from Westlake and in the middle of a backpacker zone which makes it very convenient for finding coffee and western style food. There is a bakery (French?) and several bars which do various egg and bread versions with espresso coffee. I spent an hour and a half watching and practicing in surroundings familiar from my last trip. For those who were there it is where a guy was singing opera, with the orioles in the willows in full song. After some practice and breakfast at Mingtown it took me 2 hours to find an ATM I could use and get cashed up. Now I know it won’t be difficult again. Bank of China is the go. Mastercard and Visa and English option on the ATM. Too easy. I think there is a 1% fee but thats a lot cheaper than a money exchange.
I am organising a small group to visit Hangzhou China In July 2012 primarily for Tai Chi training and to attend the regional martial art competition.
If you want to accompany the group you are responsible for your own airfare and visa. Suggested flights are in the itinerary on the Downloads page.
Depart Brisbane and Arrive Hangzhou Saturday 7th July 2012, Depart Hangzhou Monday 16th arriving back in Brisbane on Tuesday the 17th July 2012.
Once you arrive at Hangzhou Airport, everything is taken care of. This includes transfer to hotel, twin share accommodation and meals, tournament entry and team uniform (also for non competitors) access to an interpreter, tai chi lessons, and and some tour activities.
The cost after airfares is $2500 which needs to be paid by the 1st of May 2012.