China Study Tour

Sacred Mountain Pilgrimage 2016

July 15 – August 4 (21 days)

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About Nanyue (Heng Mountain)

Heng Mountain (衡山) is located in Hunan Province. As one of the Five Great Mountains of China, it is also known as the “Southern Mountain” (南岳) . The mountain is said to have four oceans: oceans of flowers, oceans of trees, oceans of clouds, and oceans of snow in the winter. At the foot of the mountain is the Grand Temple, the largest temple in southern China. The Grand Temple is also a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site. Daoist priests and Buddhist monks can be found side by side in this sacred place.


About Zhang Jia Jie

Zhang Jia Jie (张家界) is a 50 square mile park in Hunan Province known for its natural beauty.  It includes lakes and waterfalls, hidden valleys, caves, and over 3,000 mountain peaks. The park has a unique micro-climate that is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It is home to diverse flora and fauna including civet cats, giant salamanders, rhesus monkeys, maidenhair trees, tulip trees, and Chinese lobster flowers that can change color five times a day. Zhang Jia Jie was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992 and became China’s first national park in 1994.


About Wudang Mountain


Accommodations – Meals – Workshops

  • One of the goals of this trip is to allow you to experience life in a Daoist temple. At Nanyue we will be staying in a temple in double occupancy rooms with bathrooms. We will be eating in the temple meal hall alongside the Daoist priests and nuns. All of the food in the temple’s meal hall is vegan.
  • At Nanyue we will organize a number of optional workshops during the afternoon free time. Workshop topics will include Chinese calligraphy, ritual music, and discussions with Daoist priests and nuns.
  • For the remainder of the tour (Wuhan, Zhang Jia Jie, Wudang Mountain) we will be staying in hotels, in double occupancy rooms with bathrooms. The meals will contain meat (vegetarian and vegan options will also be available).


Cost: $2,600 

Includes: All lodging, all meals in China, all China domestic travel during the tour, 4 hours of classes per day, entrance fees, cable-car tickets for group trips.

Does not include: Round trip airfare from your point of origin to Wuhan, China visa, personal expenditure (souvenirs, telephone calls, etc.), drinking water, and charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control.


To register for this trip:

  1. Contact us to let us know you plan on attending.
  2. Send a $500 non-refundable deposit and a signed copy of our liability waiver.
  3. The remainder of the cost is due 4 months before departure (April 15th)

After you register you will receive a packet of information including a packing-list and instructions for getting your travel visa.


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