Sun, sand and spirit in Sanya!

Gear up for the busy festive season by recharging with a week of rest, relaxation and mindful taichi practice on a beautiful south China beach! Join Cultural Keys for a week in Sanya, staying at the stunning Sheraton Sanya Yalong Bay Resort! Perfect for busy people from all walks of life, whether you come for some alone time or with a group of friends!

Read on to find out what is included in this fantastic program!

The beautiful beach at Yalong Bay
What can I experience on this retreat?

Join Cultural Keys on the beach in Sanya this November and release all your tension with five days of taichi and qigong at the stunning Sheraton Sanya Yalong Bay Resort, for just 9988RMB. 

The price includes:

– six nights in a private room at the Sheraton Sanya Yalong Bay Resort
– daily buffet breakfast
– five hours of daily taichi and qigong training (25 hours in total)
– welcome dinner and presentation
– insurance

In just six days, you will have the opportunity to reconnect with your body by learning the Yang Style 12-step form, re-energize your spirit through traditional Chinese deep-breath qigong, and calm your mind by taking in the wonderful sights and sounds of sunny Sanya whenever you aren’t practicing.

A truly all-encompassing short break away!

Enjoy sunrise and sunset taichi on the beach every day

Our itinerary for this Sanya retreat is designed to allow you to enjoy the benefits of our taichi training program as well as giving you enough freedom to relax and enjoy Sanya in whatever way suits you best.

– Sanya Taichi Retreat –

  • Saturday November 27th – 7pm – Welcome dinner and orientation at the Sheraton Sanya Yalong Bay Resort
  • Sunday-Thursday
    – 6.45am – 7.45am Sunrise qigong & warm-up on the beach
    – 7.45am – 9.30am Time for a leisurely breakfast
    – 9.30am – 11.30am Taichi on the beach or around the pool
    – 11.30am – 5pm Free time to explore or relax
    – 5pm – 7pm Taichi & sunset qigong on the beach
  • Thursday December 2nd – 8pm – Farewell dinner
  • Friday December 3rd – 12pm – Check out of hotel

This program is offered based on the assumption that government travel advice will normal at that time. In order to address any COVID concerns you might have, places will be confirmed on payment of a 50% deposit. If government advice on travel changes or if new restrictions are in place by the start of our program, full refunds will be issued.

Sheraton Sanya Yalong Bay Resort
Your comfortable, spacious room awaits you!

Pricing Transparency

In order to bring more clarity and value to the culture and tourism industry, Cultural Keys is voluntarily showing our pricing breakdown, so clients can see exactly what they are paying for. All prices are per person.

6 Nights Accommodation – 6852RMB
2 Group Meals – 200RMB
Cultural Keys’ Costs – 2100RMB

Grounds of the Sheraton Sanya Yalong Bay Resort


1) Do I need to have experience to join this retreat?

You don’t need any experience in taichi or martial arts to join this program. It is perfect for beginners and all levels of experience are welcome to join.

2) Do I need a certain level of fitness or health to join?

While this retreat is good for everyone, and the benefits to mental and physical health will be apparent no matter what your current physical condition, we do recommend talking to your doctor if you are concerned about undertaking this training. It is not designed to be intense, but 5 hours a day is still a lot compared to what you may be used to.

3) Will there be any fighting on this retreat?

This retreat is focused on your mental, physical and spiritual well being. It is not a fighting course, and there is no competition or conflict involved. Occasionally however, you may be asked to help others stretch, or to have your posture corrected, or work with a partner to practice a particular movement or technique. In all cases these occasions are conducted in a way to make sure you feel safe and comfortable and under no pressure.

4) Can my family join me on this retreat?

You are welcome to bring anyone you wish with you on this program. However do please note that training and meals will only be available to those who have signed up for the retreat. You and your family member(s) will need your own room which will be at additional cost and subject to availability.

5) Can I arrange my own accommodation?

You are welcome to do so, but the price of the program will be the same and you will be responsible for making your own way to the classes which take place in and around the Sheraton Sanya Yalong Bay Resort.

Beautiful gardens at the Nanshan Tourism Area in Sanya
The Guanyin at the Nanshan Tourism Area

6) Can I arrive earlier and/or leave later than the dates of the program?

You are welcome to do so, but unfortunately we are unable to assist you in booking extra nights at the Sheraton Sanya Yalong Bay Resort or other hotels.

7) Do I need to have a COVID test before joining this retreat?

While at the time of writing there are no special requirements for travellers entering Hainan from low-risk areas, we strongly suggest you are prepared to show a negative nucleic acid test at short notice should the situation change. Hopefully this will not be required at all. For your own peace of mind please stay up to date on all the relevant health advice regarding travel to Hainan and re-entry into your city of residence.

If your city of residence is designated medium or high risk by the government at the time of departure, you may not be able to join the program and (if so) you will receive a full refund.

8) Is the class taught in private?

Our daily taichi and qigong classes are taught on the beach in front of our hotel. It is a public beach so bear in mind that some people might stop and watch us training. Some classes may be taught in other outdoor areas around the hotel gardens and pool, or indoors in case of rain.

9) Who is the teacher?

Our taichi and qigong classes are taught be AJ Donnelly, the British co-founder of Cultural Keys. He has been practicing Yang-style taichi, amongst other styles, for more than 20 years, and has extensive experience in teaching groups large and small.

10) Can I pay by credit card?

While WeChat is our preferred method of payment, you are welcome to pay with credit card. Please note there will be a 3% processing charge added to the price to cover payments with credit cards.

Sign up Process

To manage bookings for the November retreat, Cultural Keys has implemented the following application and confirmation process:

    1. Contact Cultural Keys, either via WeChat (add AJDdonnelly on WeChat) or via email at
    2. We will supply you with an application form that requests some simple details, such as name, phone number, emergency contact etc.
    3. When we receive our minimum number of applications, we will then request a 50% deposit from each applicant.
    4. One week before the start of the program, we will request the final 50% payment. 

Payments are accepted via WeChat or Alipay. More information about the hotel and local area can be found here.

If you have any questions, or to sign up, please scan the QR code on the poster, add AJDonnelly on WeChat, or email us at Alternatively, fill in the form below and we will get back to you within 24 hours.


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