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  • What: An ancient healing system which focuses on the restoration of holistic balance through gentle breathing techniques and slow movements

  • Origins: Qigong can be traced back some two thousand years in ancient China.

  • Benefits:Qigong can harmonise, strengthen and have a healing effect on the functioning of all the internal organs and bodily systems. It increases the supply and flow of energy throughout the body, can have a variety of rejuvenating effects and is believed to increase longevity as it induces calm mental and emotional states.

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Discovering Qigong in Ancient China

Day 1 - 15/09/11

As train passengers pushed and shoved I felt something damp touch the back of my hand. Looking up in bewilderment were the eyes of a tan whippet.

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Day 2 - 16/09/11

Within seconds of boarding my flight I received my first lesson; an opportunity to get intimately exposed to the fragrance of China.

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Day 3 - 17/09/11

The morning started off with a meditation and qigong practice in the courtyard. After a banquet fit for an emperor we began qigong treatments.

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Day 4 - 18/09/11

This morning we headed to Badachu Park and the Lingguang (Divine Light) Temple which is believed to be the home of the Buddha's Tooth.

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Day 5 - 19/09/11

The weather was glorious today so we headed out to the Summer Palace crossing the still lake waters in an elaborately decorated boat.

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Day 6 - 20/09/11

Today we flew into Chengdu; a city located on the Eastern edge of Tibet with a population of approx 14 million.

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Day 7 - 21/09/11

Halfway through our drive to the sitting Buddha we stopped off at a tea shop. Here we sampled the delights of green tea ice cream and...

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Day 8 - 22/09/11

Up early to play qigong with Francesco and Master Wan in the park. As we walked, we passed all the local people who...

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Day 9 - 23/09/11

A new day brought with it a different mountain, today we headed to a Taoist Mountain (Mount Qingcheng).

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Day 10 - 24/09/11

Up and out to a park this morning to play qigong, our playground today was overlooking an incredible lake, to our backs was a pond brimming with koi.

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Day 11 - 25/09/11

Up this morning to briefly play qigong before treatments began. Acupuncture involved six needles in my upper back with two placed near each...

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Day 12 - 26/09/11

After an early qigong practice the group headed out to explore the Great Wall of China. Due to the rising level of pollution it's actually...

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Day 13 - 27/09/11

Up for qigong practice and then out to the Forbidden Kingdom. There were so many people, almost like the amassing of a small city.

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Day 14 - 28/09/11

Thankfully my head is still attached this morning and the swollen temple appears to have flattened somewhat.

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Day 15 - 29/09/11

Up early this morning as Francesco and Daisy were leading a qigong practice by a beautiful lake. After breakfast Taina and I explored...

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