Experience TCM in China

Mandarin Oriental, Sanya

Learn the art of tai chi from the hotel’s resident Shaolin kung fu master during the spa’s Hua Yuan Journey. A tai chi session – known to help clear the mind – is then followed by an acupressure massage, which ensures that qi, or vital energy, flows smoothly throughout the body. The journey is meant to resolve issues like sinusitis, bloating and insomnia.


The Langham, Shanghai

Chuan Spa’s TCM-driven treatment menu is inspired by the principles of wu xing, the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water. A quick questionnaire before the treatment will determine which element you are – and therefore which essential oils should be used. Give ho guan (cupping), moxibustion or acupuncture a try in one of the relaxing spa suites.


The Puxuan Resort and Spa, Beijing

The 90-minute signature Energy Rhythms ritual stimulates different types of energy depending on the time of day you do it – in the morning, it awakens yang energy to get you ready for the day, while at night it promotes relaxing yin energy. Each session begins with a facial using gua sha, a technique that detoxifies and improves elasticity.


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