Feng Shui Study Tour 2006
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October 26 - November 12, 2006
Feng Shui Tour that unravels the secrets and mysteries of Hong Kong and China. Experience the land, the teachers, the people, the sacred temples and places
Join us on a adventure of a lifetime.
Beginning this October 26th 2006 in Hong Kong, an international group of Feng Shui students, writers, scholars, practitioners, teachers, artists, architects, designers and enthusiasts will meet in Hong Kong to begin the Hong Kong-China Feng Shui international study tour.
The tour is open to all to attend.
The tour is organized by Roger Green, and is based on a refinement of several tours he has sponsored. Having a close relationship with the teachers involved, he has overseen the curriculum materials and sites being visited. You will notice from the tour itinerary that there is a balance between seminars and sites visits, which truly makes this a unique experience, a once in a lifetime tour!
What people experience on these tours varies widely, however there are some common threads. The osmosis effect, actually being there, breathing in with all of your senses, creates the experience of getting this amazing knowledge into your bones. Meeting new people from all over the world with a common desire generates a powerful vortex of new ideas and expressions. Learning first hand how these practitioners work creates the experience of getting this amazing knowledge into our bones.
Experiencing new places and cultures opens our mind to the community we call planet earth.
In each destination, time is allocated to site visits and free time, some evenings are free to enjoy the local culture and ambience.
This adventure combines some of China's greatest cities with Feng Shui studies. From the dynamic city of Hong Kong to the historic Chinese capitol of Xian to the fascinating and majestic mountains of the River Li in Guilin, to the "Venice of China" Zhouzhuang and the extraordinary Suzhou Feng Shui gardens of Northern Shanghai, "the Paris of the East."
Some highlights of the Oct-Nov Feng Shui Study Tour
- Study with renowned Feng Shui master Raymond Lo in Hong Kong.
- Chongqing, a mountainous city at the conjunction Yangtze and Jialing Rivers, we will visit the famous Artist colony and the local markets and attend a special 2 day seminar in Feng Shui, 4 Pillars Cosmology and I Ching studies with Prof Wang Yang and associates.
- Excursion to the Great Wall of China, the only manmade object visible from the moon with the naked eye.
A pilgrimage to the ancient I Ching Steele with the 64 I Ching hexagrams meanings carved into rock
Stroll along 'Bund' with the backdrop of the modernization of the 'Paris of the East' - Shanghai; join us for a cup of Chinese Tea in the Yu Garden at the Jade Buddha Temple.
- Suzhou, the Chinese describe as "paradise on earth". We walk from the surging water pavilion to the garden of the Master of the Nets. Experience the delicate beauty of Suzhou and it's traditions of Feng Shui gardens from the late Qing dynasty.
Xian the former capitol of 11 Chinese dynasties renowned for it's wealth of antiquities. The famous terra cotta warrior soldiers of Xian, guarding the tomb of the first emperor of the Qin dynasty.
A site visit to the Ming Tomb -very important in Feng Shui studies.
- The Forbidden Palace and Tiananmen Square
- The picturesque canal town of Zhouzhuang, a relic from the elegant old Days old 900 years ago.
Hong Kong we spend a day enjoying these cities vibrant sights and experiences. To Victoria Peak to Repulse Bay to the colorful floating Chinese Boat community of Aberdeen.
- Journey down the spectacular River Li at Guilin - everybody's favorite destination in China.
International Group arrives into Hong Kong. Transfer to the hotel. Rest.
The following two days we are sponsoring a two-day I Ching workshop with Feng Shui master Raymond Lo.
October 27th, B, L, D
Seminar 10-5pm with Raymond Lo
Lunch at hotel
Evening dinner banquet "welcoming dinner"
October 28th, B, L at the hotel
Seminar 10-5pm with Raymond Lo
Lunch at hotel
Evening free to explore Hong Kong
October 29th, B
Morning to mid afternoon tour of Hong Kong. We see lots this day in our tour of Hong Kong. Finish mid-afternoon downtown where people can go shopping, site seeing and have free time.
Unforgettable moments of discovery await you in Hong Kong during our 2006 tour. Hong Kong with its magnificent harbor, steep peaks and surrounding islands, is geographically one of the worlds interesting cities. Architecture enthusiasts will find Hong Kong's Central district fascinating, it is famous for its buildings laid out in accordance with Feng Shui principles.
It was the last crown in the jewel of the British Empire and the front line state of the Pacific Rim economic explosion.
We will take time to see the Bank of China, Hong Kong and Shanghai banks, Repulse and Aberdeen Bay and Victoria peak with its magnificent views of Hong Kong. The former governor's residence was designed completely with Feng Shui principles. The two lions that guard the entrance to the Shanghai Bank were precisely placed in their position at an auspicious time by a local geomancer. Visit the Wong Tai Sin Temple and have your destiny read, where there are shops with hundreds of other fortunetellers, feng shui practitioners, palm and face readers. And of cause, you can shop to you drop in Hong Kong! Finally, party on at the top of the Peninsula Hotel, where you can watch a spectacular light display from the ambitious modern buildings over looking the harbor
October 30th, B, L, D
Morning flight to Guilin
Transfer to hotel.
Afternoon tour of Guilin. Diner tonight downtown amongst the market places and interesting shops of Guilin
October 31st, B, L, D Guilin
All day tour of the famous Li River
Guilin is located on the spectacular Li River. The surrounding landscape is beautiful, and the shape of the hills is very unique to the area. Take a walk to the Seven Star Park, dozens of caves and seven great peaks arranged in the shape of the Great Bear (Big Dipper) constellation.
The Li River cruise, is a one-day journey of 85 km between Guilin and Yangshuo through the finest scenery, which for most people is the highlight of their trip to China. We will pass scores of grotesquely shaped hills with exotic names. Along the way notice the cormorant fisherman on bamboo rafts, they train these birds to dive for fish, an age-old practice in southern China. Guilin's restaurants are of good quality, and there are plenty of theatres offering traditional opera and ballad singing.
November 1st, B, L, D Guilin - Chongqing
Arrive and transfer to Hotel
Afternoon tour of Chongqing sites including the Artist Market
Evening Dinner Banquet with Prof Wang Yang and invited friends
November 2nd, B, L Chongqing
ALL DAY lecture series with Prof Wang Yang and friends
Evening free to explore and wonder the enchanting streets of Chongqing on the Yangtse River
November 3rd, B, L, D Chongqing
Lecture series with Prof Wang Yang and friends
Evening banquet with Prof Wang Yang and friends
Known as the Mountain City it is perched on steep hills overlooking a comma shaped peninsula and the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. Another unique aspect of this city and surrounding areas of 14 million is the absence of bicycles due to the hilly landscape. Chongqing is famous for its hot Sichuan cuisine and world-famous hotpot dishes.
November 4th, B, L, D Chongqing - Xian
Morning flight to Xian. transfer to hotel
Afternoon tour to:
The Big Goose Pagoda
The Forest of Ancient Stone Tablets
The Shaanxi Provincial Museum
November 5th, B, L, Xian
Full day tour by coach to visit:
The tomb of Qin Shi Huang. The first emperor of China.
The Terracotta Warriors.
The old city Wall of Xian and the Great Mosque.
Evening free to explore and shop in the market places.
This is an historic city indeed as we go to the Terra Cotta Soldiers Museum which has been called the "eighth wonder of the world!" We will also look at Buddhist Temple called the Wild Goose Pagoda, with its Drum Tower and Bell Tower.
November 6th, B, L, D Xian - Beijing
Morning flight depart for Beijing
Arrival and transfer to hotel
Afternoon tour to
The Forbidden City
Evening meal together, the famous Beijing Duck
November 7th, B, L, D Beijing
Full day tour to
The Ming Tombs
The Great Wall of China
Beijing is where they move the cogs and wheels of the Chinese Universe. This city boasts some of the best restaurants and hotels fit for an emperor. It will host in 2008 the Olympic games. Cave dwellers inhabited the area some 500,000 ago. Early records of settlements date from around 1000 BC.
|The Great Wall of China
Extending in China from east to west more than 6700 kilometers like a robust dragon, the magnificent Great Wall is undeniably the most awesome attraction in China. It was originally built by order of the first emperor Qin Shihuang 2000 years ago. It has been regarded as the greatest construction in the history of human civilization. Its huge size makes it the only man-made project, which can be seen with the naked eye by astronauts in space.
The Ming Tombs
Northwest of the capital, the Ming Tombs are generally combined with a visit to the Great Wall. The 13 tombs are spread around a valley that looks like a natural courtyard with an entrance Spirit Way guarded by huge stone animals. Of the tombs only the underground burial chambers of the Dingling tombs of Emperor Wanli (who reigned 1573-1620) are open to the public. On display in the museums near the tombs are marble thrones, religious regalia and the jewelry, garments, porcelain and curios that were buried with the emperor's corpse along with live concubines.
The Forbidden City
As the largest and best-kept ancient imperial palace in the world, the Forbidden City in Beijing is a captivating structure with 9999.5 rooms looking magnificent in green and gold. Its splendor reflects the dignity and majesty of the past emperors. The bewildering variety of invaluable treasures displayed in this palace reveal the luxurious life of the past royal families.
This most famous Chinese squares covers 100 acres in the heart of modern Beijing, south of the Forbidden City and north of the Qianmen Gate. Until the early part of this century the area was filled with buildings, which were gradually demolished, to create a square, where, on October 1, 1949, a million people gathered to hear Mao Zedong proclaim the birth of the People's Republic of China.
November 8th B, L, D Beijing-Shanghai-Zhouzhuang
Flight to Shanghai, then a 2-hour coach trip to Zhouzhuang.
Transfer to hotel. Rest or explore the "Venice of China"
Zhouzhuang is a beautiful village set in the countryside, surrounded by water canals and bridges - it has very special Feng shui as you will see.
November 9th B, L, D Zhouzhuang - Suzhou tour
Tour of Suzhou Feng Shui Gardens
Return to Zhouzhuang hotel. Rest
Suzhou is brimming with beautiful gardens and waterways. Scholars, painters, actors and writers for centuries have been attracted to Suzhou, and constructed their villas and gardens as works of art, a fusion of nature, poetry, architecture and Feng Shui. We will visit the Garden of the Master of the Nets and the Humble administrators garden and take a Grand Canal cruise.
Gardens have been laid out for over a thousand years in Suzhou.
It is known as the 'City of Gardens' and 'Venice of the East'. An old Chinese saying goes..."in heaven there is paradise, on earth there is Suzhou". Straddling the Grand Canal, it has beautiful waterways, that criss cross this 2500-year-old city.
November 10th B, L, Zhouzhuang - Shanghai
Depart for Shanghai only a 2 hrs coach ride
Visit the Yu Gardens for a cup of Chinese tea. That evening explore the Bund on a river cruise if you wish. Evening free to dine out, or eat at the famous Peace Hotel and listen to the jazz.
November 11th B, L, D Shanghai
Morning tour of Shanghai. Afternoon free to Shop and explore. Final Dinner Banquet together
In the 11th century Shanghai was a small fishing village. Since the 1990s, it has undergone one of the fastest economic expansions that the world has seen. Once known as the 'Paris of the Orient', you will be fascinated by the variety of grand architectural styles, from ancient relics, to traditions from Europe. It is an art gallery of human civilization, a legacy to mankind. Shanghai has an unequaled spirit in China; adventurous, flamboyant, romantic, entrepreneurial, and is the centre of China's international trade.
Our program in this exciting city includes seminars Yu Yuan Gardens, the Old Town, the 'Bund', the Jade Buddha Temple, and the Yangpu Great Bridge.
Nov 12th B
Tour ends - depart for home, return trip
Meal plan Legend
I CHING DIVINATION COURSE
2-Day Program in Hong Kong
History, origin of the Trigrams and the I Ching. The meaning of Trigrams and Hexagrams. Different methods of divination - yarrow stalk, Plum Blossom Oracle, three coins method. Procedures in I Ching Divination. Understanding of the Chinese Calendar. Labeling a Hexagram. Interpretations of a Hexagram. Key element, unfavorable element, void element, and hidden element. Subject and Object lines.
Active Lines. Special topic - weather, traveler, lost items etc.
1. Background and brief history of I Ching
2. Difference between fortune-tellers I Ching and academic I Ching
3. The making of the 8 Trigrams from Tai Chi
4. In depth understanding of the 8 Trigrams and their meanings
5. The 64 Hexagrams
6. The early Divination practices
7. Different practice to obtain the Hexagram - the Yellow stalk
8. Plum Blossom Oracle
9. Casting 3 coins to get a Hexagram
* How to formulate a clear and specific question
* Procedures to carry out an I Ching Divination
10. Using the Hsia calendar - Heavenly stems and Earthly Branches
11. The clash and combine relationship of Earthly Branches
12. King Wen's System - labeling a Hexagram
13. Steps of Labeling a Hexagram:
* Subject and Object lines
* Labeling the 12 Earthly Branches
* Labeling the 5 aspects - Money, Power, Intelligence, Colleagues, Resources
14. In depth understanding of the 5 aspects
15. Labeling the 6 animals
16. To find the Void Elements
17. Key elements, 2nd Key elements, unfavorable elements, and 2nd unfavorable elements
18. Hidden elements
19. Evaluating the strength between Subject and Object lines
20. How to interpret active lines and resultant lines
21. Practical examples
Roger is one of the most prolific Feng Shui educators and consultants in the world today, having taught in over 40 countries. He has been a major influence in promoting Feng Shui principles into the western community for over 15 years. He runs professional training programs in Europe, UK, America and Australia.
In 1996 he sponsored the first Feng Shui tour to China, followed by an international study tour of India in January 1998. He is a pioneer of Feng Shui in the west, having been one of the first to teach classical Feng Shui methods in Europe, London and America. He was the first to develop a western lo pan, and seminars to teach the 4 pillars, flying star, lo pan and ba zhai methods.
Organizing Feng Shui study tours in China, India, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet and sponsoring Feng Shui and Ecology conferences in Prague, Zurich, Australia and the USA. He has also sponsored Sacred Geometry events in 4 continents.
Roger Green conducts Professional Feng Shui Practitioner programs in Europe, London, America and Australia. He has established the following schools for training Feng Shui students:
The New York School of Feng Shui
San Francisco School of Feng Shui
The London School of Feng Shui
The European School of Feng Shui
The Sydney School of Feng Shui
Raymond, popularly known as "Fung Shui Lo", is a professional Feng Shui and destiny consultant, author and lecturer, who helps people create harmony with their environment, for greater relationships, health, wealth and success.
Mr. Lo has appeared on numerous television shows, including: ABC's "Good Morning America", BBC's "Wicker's World", Australian TV "Today Show", Discovery Channel's "Feng Shui Makeover", CNN's "Tech Watch" and Chinese new year interviews.
He has also written a newspaper column for the Hong Kong Standard, as well as several popular Feng Shui books in English and Chinese, which have enjoyed worldwide popularity. Many of them have been translated into other languages such as Russian, Greek, Romanian, and Hungarian etc. He was lecturer at the School of Professional and Continual Education at the University of Hong Kong, consultant to the Hong Kong Tourist Board for their Feng Shui lectures and tours, as well as consultant for the Peninsula Hotel's Peninsula Academy, and SCMP.com's annual Feng Shui forecasts. And his speaking engagements have included the World Economic Forum.
||Professor Wang Yang, M.D
Professor Yang is a scholar, writer and practitioner of I Ching, Qi Gong, Astrology, Feng Shui and Traditional Chinese Medicine. His is currently Professor at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Chongqing, China. He has been a student of Feng Shui, 4 pillars astrology and I Ching for the last 40 years and has studied with many great masters in China He is the author of The Authentic I Ching
"The Three Classic Methods of Prediction By Dr Wang Yang & Jon Sandifer
Mr. Chen Jian
Feng Shui Master, teacher, graduated from Chongqing Univ. of Telecommunication, has been an advisor of enterprises for 10 years. He is an expert at Feng Shui, 4 Pillars, I Ching prediction
Dr Tang Yong, MD
TCM doctor of Orthopedics Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Chong Qing, China, graduated from Chengdu University of traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a recognized expert in China on TCM, massage, and acupuncture.
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About the Feng Shui Gardens of Suzhou
A World without end....
The elements of a Classic Chinese garden have been consistent over time. They evolved from idealized representations of the natural landscape. To reproduce nature is probably one of the highest arts!
The Feng Shui Taoist masters of ancient times, through careful observations and study of nature, formulated the various elements and principals of gardens to harvest and circulate the beneficial good chi. Balance and harmony are the key factors, and is achieved by careful attention to detail. A good balance is evidence with exotic/ordinary, dark/light, wet/dry, square, irregular, smooth, round, rough, high, low, scale, patterns and the balance of the 5 elements. The essential principles of garden design were in the original landscape of China, e.g. mountain landscapes, island coastlines, rivers and oceans, and were integrated into the great historical gardens of the emperors and administrators.
An old Chinese proverb says a garden without water is like a body without blood. Rivers were the Earths blood, forests its hair and mountains its bones and foliage its flesh. The juxtaposition of the feminine gentle water with the hard strength and stillness of the rocks represents the union and partnership of yin and masculine yang. All that is required to experience a Feng Shui garden is to come to nature in a receptive mood and let your senses be your guide. This is the beginning of a world without end...
If you make the effort to count in Chinese you will reap huge benefits from this especially if you get off the tourist trail at all and even on the tourist trail!! I was so happy that I learned how to count in the first few days there before I ventured very far as it made buying much easier!! 1) Yi or EE 2) Er 3)Sang 4) Suah 5) Wua 6) Diu 7) Tchew 8) Paw 9) Dgiu 10) she
Bigger Numbers are just building the groups....21) Er she yi Er=2 for 2 tens and Yi is one.
|Some useful Chinese expressions
How are you: Nee how
Good morning: Zao sun how
Good evening: Wun sun how
Thank you: share share
I am happy with the service: whall hun mine ee
Goodbye: zai jian
I am Australian: whall she oh da lee ya yen
I do not want it: whall boo yao
beautiful: piao liang
very good: hun how
not good: boo how
sorry: dui boo qi
too expensive: thai gui le
rice: me fan
postcard: ming shing pian
cold beer: bing pee joe
soft drink: chee shway
orange juice: jui zi shway
mineral/spring water: kwung chwan shway
boiled water: kai shway
chopsticks: kwai zi
cutlery: dao cha
stamp: you pia
friend: pen you
Hong Kong transfer
Once you have joined our study tour in Hong Kong, we will provide all transfers from there on. As people are arriving from many different locations to join the tour - in Hong Kong you simply need to transfer directly to the hotel from the airport.
The Chek Lap Kok International Airport is accessible by road and rail. The efficient Airport Express runs frequently between and 6am and 1am. The smooth and comfortable service reaches Kowloon in only 19 minutes and Central in 23. Catch the fast train from inside the airport terminal, which is easy to find. Get off at the Kowloon train station; catch a taxi to our hotel.
* Catch a taxi from Airport to hotel- keep in mind that the airport is quite a distance from the city.
* Catch a hotel coach from the airport i.e. there are coaches from the airport that do hotel drop offs, it may take a little longer to get there - but it is cheaper.
The train idea would cost approx. US$10 from Kowloon and aprox. US$20+ for the taxi to the hotel.
On arriving in Hong Kong, participants must make their own way to the Hotel. As people are arriving from different countries at different times it is impossible to arrange a package transfer. All transfers from this point are inclusive in the costs.
Tipping: Brought in by the massive number of American and overseas tourists, tipping is becoming more common in the Chinese tourism industry today. When a porter delivers your luggage to your room, it is good idea to have 3.00 Yuan ($0.60) or 5.00 Yuan ($1.00) handy for him.
Because it is neccessary to book airfares as early as possible in both China and International flights- BOOK as EARLY as possible-
Refer to our Registration form for all our Tour package and Tuition costs.
Passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of entering China is required when applying for a Chinese visa.
Make sure you have blank pages in your passport for visas to be placed.
Most countries require a visitor's visa to travel into China.
You must apply and get your visa before entering into China.
You travel agent can instruct you how to do about getting your China visa. Most of the time it is a matter of simply sending your passport registered post to the Chinese embassy- where it is processed and sent back. If you live in a city that has a Chinese embassy, make an appointment to drop off your passport. It is usually done within a few hours, however please allow as much time as possible to get your visa.
WHAT TO BRING - Recommend packing list for China
YOU MUST TRAVEL LIGHT
The general rule of thumb on domestic flights (flights within China) is 44 pounds for checked bags and 22 for carry-ons. The allowance for international flights used to be 70 pounds, but many U.S. airlines have lowered their limits to 50, so check with your airline. Either way - travel light - and leave room in your bag for shopping.
We have a number of domestic flights that limit your bags to 40 LBS and one carry on handbag. Over wise you will be charged for over sized luggage.
Pack your minimum requirements, TRAVEL LIGHT, it is a good feeling and it makes it easier to transfer, and there is less to pack!
In China the months of Oct - Nov are Late Summer - autumn and it is one of the best seasons for traveling to China. The weather is very comfortable, temperature averages 24ƒC. It is not too hot nor is it cold or rainy.
Things to Bring:
Clothes: October is the beginning of autumn in China. The following is a suggested example of a packing list.
Six long sleeve shirts and two pairs of long pants or jeans. Two T-shirts and two shorts/skirts.
One light jacket and a sweater for possible weather changes. Four pairs of socks and one pair of very comfortable walking shoes are considered absolutely essential.
Dark colored, drip-dry clothes are recommended, as most places in China are very dusty, and only hotel laundry service staff, have access to ironing boards. Laundry service is usually overnight and available at most hotels.
One set of 'dress up time" i.e. for Banquet dinners and party nites out.
Medications: It is recommended that you take with you required medications and tablets that you usually take or feel you may need.
A small first aid kit sometimes comes in handy
Confectionary: Fresh milk, western tea bags and instant coffee are not readily obtainable in China. It is a good idea to take some with you if you require these, i.e. coffee bags.
There is an unlimited supply of Chinese tea and boiling water at your hotel rooms and restaurants. Take some plastic cutlery with you if you are not familiar with chopsticks.
Other Items: A camera, a fold - up umbrella, insect repellent and sunscreen for daily use. It is a good idea to carry a face towel and a lock for each of your suitcases.
Hand tissues come in handy
Bring plenty of your favorite energy bars.
Instant miso soup - one of the best travel aids!
Note book and pens
Additional Information on Currency:
Credit Cards: A credit card is considered essential in the case of an emergency, and it is also ideal if you purchase expensive items. Most of the larger department stores in China accept American Express and Visa.
It is always best usually to travel with $US dollars in cash. You can bring travelers checks, and some hotels will change them, however if you need a trip to a bank, it can be a wait combined with an interesting adventure.
A combination of cash and travelers checks is always the best. China is very safe and most hotels have security boxes
Local Currency and Exchange Rates:
In China the local currency is called Renmimbi. Its basic unit is Yuan, Jiao and fen in which 1.00 Yuan = 10 Jiao = 100 fen. It is similar to the USA-Australian system, where $100 = 100 cents. The exchange rate is approximately A$1.00 = 5 Yuan. US $1.00 = 8 Yuan
You can change any remaining Yuan back into your own currency before you leave China, providing you still have the original foreign exchange receipt. If you have any US dollars from previous trips, you may like to use them in China, as they can be exchanged at most cities. US$1.00 = 8.00 Yuan.
Prices: Local products are much cheaper in China than they are in western countries. For example, good quality fashionable clothes cost about $10.00 per item, a pair of good quality leather shoes cost about $10.00 a pair. Fruit costs between $1.00 to $1.50 per kilogram, mineral water is about $0.50 for a small bottle. Most imported products are relatively more expensive. A cup of coffee may cost more than $5.00!
Here is a summary of what to bring:
Passport with visas
Summer clothes with warm jacket
Comfortable walking shoes
Practical warm and loose clothing
One waterproof jacket/wind breaker
(note that it is usually very dry at this time)
Sunglasses and sunscreen essential
Small first aid kit and any individual medications
Pens (they also make an excellent gift to children)
Camera and slide making film
Your choice of tea bags
Energy snack food
Condiments e.g. instant miso soup
Locks for your suitcases