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Temple of Peace and Virtue

An De Fu Shen Gong

Travel and Train in China

  • Trip Description
  • Registration and Details
  • Itinerary
  • Packing List


April 6-22, 2018

This spring's trip to China is open only to current Daoist students of the Temple of Peace and Virtue.

The focus of this trip will be working with morning prayers.
Our training will begin at Kunming, where we will be spending 3 days with Abbot Yuan Zhi Dui 袁至兑 and Abbot Xia from Zhen Qing Guan 真庆观 (True Celebration Monastery).  The focus of our study will be the Morning Prayers. This will be an unusual opportunity to learn further neidan 内丹 (Chinese internal alchemy) associated with the prayers, as well as esoteric application of these practices.
From Kunming we will journey on to Qing Cheng Shan.  We will spend a few days at Tai Qing Gong太清宫 (Temple of Supreme Clarity).  This is a very beautiful and remote temple complex. Staffed with only 6 Daoists and receiving almost no tourists, it offers initiates an opportunity to experience utter stillness while working with the Immortals.
Thus prepared, we will journey on to Jianfu Gong to receive instruction and transmission with my Shifu (Abbot Zhang Ming Xin). She will continue our study of the Morning Prayers by working through the Qingjing Jing with us.  
The Qingjing Jing 清静经 (Classic of Clarity and Stillness) is often considered one of the most important scriptures in  Daoism. It has numerous commentaries and was interpreted in context with neidan 内丹. It instructs students of the Dao to practice the elimination of desire in order to cultivate spiritual purity and stillness.
Abbot Zhang Ming Xin will provide us with an understanding of the scripture as well as its associated alchemical practices. 

The final few days of our trip we will head to Beijing for 2 days of personal time to use as you see fit.


Journey into Daoism April 2018

Registration Information

Registration form

You may fax, email or mail the Registration form to:

Temple of Peace and Virtue
PO Box 1435
Palm Desert, CA 92261
Fax (800) 848-0649 or (760) 228-9474

It is recommended that you fax or email your application.

If you mail your registration form in, you MUST also email our office to notify our administrative staff that we need to look for your application.  Please use Contact Button at the bottom of the page for this.

Fees & Deadlines

Double Occupancy:  $5050 US Dollars
Single Occupancy:    $5850 US Dollars
Deposit: By February 16th, a nonrefundable deposit of $1000 is required to guarantee your place.
Balance: Due NO LATER THAN March 6th.
Cost does not include international travel or tourist visa to China.The hotels are double occupancy unless single room supplement is purchased.

If you would like to share a room with a friend or acquaintance that will be on the trip, please make the note on the registration form. Otherwise, we will attempt to pair you with another traveler. If we cannot pair you with someone else, you will be required to pay the single room rate

Tour may be tax deductible, ask your accountant.


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What you need to do:

  • Send us your Registration Form and $1000  nonrefundable deposit by February 16th.
  • Purchase your international ticket (see Transportation below for information)
  • Get a passport
    • SIGN your passport.  You will not be allowed to use it if you do not.
  • Get a Tourist visa to China (China now offers 10-year Visas for the same price as 1-year Visas for US Citizens.)
    • To get a VISA you will need copies of your Passport, proof of airline ticket, and hotel reservations.
    • Once we receive your Registration, we will send you hotel information to use for this purpose.
    • To get your VISA, take the following to a Chinese Consulate or send to an online service:
  • Send us your flight information as soon as you have booked tickets (Fax or email)
  • Send us a copy of the image page of your passport (Fax or email)

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What's Covered

  • All intra-China transportation
  • All accommodations in China
  • All meals (3 meals per day), excluding lunches while in Beijing on personal time.
  • All tips for teachers, guides, and drivers
  • All training costs

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What's Not Covered

  • Airfare to and from San Francisco
  • International Airfare from San Francisco to Beijing
  • Visa to China ($130 if you go to a Consulate or about $170 if you use an on-line service)
  • Personal expenses in China. For example: Hotel amenities, mini bar, room service, laundry service, and telephone/fax usage.

  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Excess luggage weight charges by airline (50 lbs. maximum weight per checked luggage). You are allowed two (2) checked pieces of luggage, one (1) carry-on, and a personal (purse, laptop).
  • On flights in China, you are allowed two (2) checked pieces of luggage (50 lbs maximum, not per bag), one (1) carry-on, and a personal item (purse, laptop, small backpack).
  • Extra mealtime alcoholic beverages not included in planned meals
  • Lunches while in Beijing on personal days.
  • Medical expenses

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Travel Documents

All travelers must hold a valid passport whose expiration is at least six months after the end of the trip. Your passport must be signed.
Visa applications fees to China are NOT included in the cost of the trip.  You must get your own VISA


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Travelers are responsible for their own international travel expenses. It is STRONGLY recommended that everyone take the same international flight.

Recommended arrival flight to Beijing:
United Airlines UA 888 from San Francisco,
Leaves SFO 4/6/18 10:45 am
Arrives PEK 4/7/18 2:20pm

If you are on another flight, you must be in Beijing International Airport by 15:00 (3:00pm)* on April 7th.

Recommended departure flight from Beijing:
United Airlines UA 889
Leaves Beijing PEK 4/22/18 4:10pm
Arrives San Francisco 1:10 pm


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On flights in China, you are allowed two (2) checked pieces of luggage (20kgs / 44lbs maximum, not per bag), one (1) carry-on, and a personal item (purse, laptop, small backpack).

However, please try to limit your checked luggage to one. We recommend traveling as light as possible. Many travelers will bring one checked luggage and bring have a large duffle bag for the return flight to carry dirty clothes and other non-breakable things, while using there suitcase for fragile items purchased in China. See Packing List (PDF, 43 Kb) for helpful ideas on what to pack. Keep suitcases unlocked at airports to facilitate inspections.

This trip is not overly strenuous. Although there will be a moderate amount of walking and physical demands, how much hiking you do is your choice once we arrive at Qing Cheng Shan.


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Cancellation Insurance

It is strongly recommended that trip cancellation insurance be purchased to protect you against losses due to accidents and/or illness. Check with your insurance agent regarding coverage you may presently have via other insurance policies that may cover illness during your trip.


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Travel Tips

Exchange rate is approximately 6.00 RMB to $1 USD. Cash (or travelers checks) and a credit card are recommended. Also, many stores do not take credit cards; you can use them at bank to withdraw cash (with PIN). 

Dress in layers, it may be hot and is often rainy at Qing Chen. Check online for up-to-date weather reports.


Time Difference
China is 15 hours ahead of us.

  • Day 1 4/6 (Fri)    USA to China
    • Leave USA to either PEK or CTU as appropriate.
  • Day 2 4/7 (Sat)    Beijing to Kunming     
    • Arrive in Beijing International Airport and continue to Kunming. We should arrive at the hotel between 11pm and 12am local time.
  • Day 3 - 5 4/8 (Sun)  - 4/10 (Tues)   Zhen Qing Guan (Kunming)
    • Morning: Training with Abbot Xia. The training will consist of Morning prayers practice. Additionally, there will be discussion of the Longmen Lineage, principles, and practices.
    • Afternoon: Time to integrate. Take time to train, meditate, or just be with yourself.
    • Evening: There may be the opportunity to spend some time with Yuan Shiye. (B.L.D.)
  • Day 6 4/11 (Wed)    Kunming to Qing Cheng Shan    
    • From Chengdu we will travel by bus to Qing Cheng Shan. We should arrive at the hotel between 11pm and 12am local time.
  • Day 7 - 8 4/12 (Thurs)  - 4/13 (Fri)   Tai Qing Gong at Qing Cheng Shan  (BACK) 
    • Morning: Training with Abbot Zhang. The training will consist of discussion of the Longmen Lineage, principles, and practices. Additionally, Neidan training, Heart cultivation and talisman will be taught.
    • Afternoon: Time to integrate. Take time to train, meditate, or just be with yourself. Walk the mountain, sit in a cave, commune with the forest, or just soak up the mountain's essence. (B.L.D.)
  • Day 9 - 14 4/14 (Sun)  - 4/18 (Wed)   Jian Fu Gong at Qing Cheng Shan  (FRONT)
    • Morning: Training with Abbot Zhang. The training will consist of discussion, inner meaning, and practices to exemplify the Scripture of Clarity and Tranquility / Qing Jing Jing (清静经).
    • Afternoon: Time to integrate. Take time to train, meditate, or just be with yourself. Walk the mountain, sit in a cave, commune with the forest, or just soak up the mountain's essence. (B.L.D.)
  • Day 15 4/19 (Thurs)       Qing Cheng Shan to Beijing   
    • We take a bus to Cheng Du, and then fly to Beijing. In the afternoon, you will have time to relax, sight see, or shop. (B.L.D.)
  • Day 16 – 17   4/20 (Fri) – 4/21 (Sat)    Beijing   
    • Personal days in Beijing. Relax, sight see, or shop. We will provide suggestions as well as make any arrangements for your transportation, if you wish. More details on how this will work will be discussed there (B.D.)
  • Day 18 4/22 (Sun)    
    • Beijing to USA Check out and depart for the US through San Francisco International Airport. (B.)            

Plan on dressing in layers. It may be cold in fall, and very hot in spring. It is often raining at Qing Cheng.

Please note that there is a dress code within the Temples.  Conservative clothing is required.  Shoulders must be covered—no tank tops.  Pants and skirts must come below the knee. 

If this is a trip for Daoist students, it is expected that you will wear Daoist uniforms.  This includes Daoist jacket, pants, and "scarf" hat.  Robes are to be worn if you will be participating in ceremony. 

  • Shoes (2 pairs - 1 for walking, 1 for working out)
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirts
  • Pants (comfortable for training
  • Jacket or Sweatshirt
  • Outerwear (gortex jacket, etc)
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Toilet paper (there is often none)
  • Soap
  • Shampoo / Conditioner
  • Razor / Shaving cream
  • Toothbrush / Tooth paste
  • Feminine products
  • Hair Dryer
  • Q-tips
  • Comb
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent

To keep on you:

  • Handy wipes
  • Purell hand gel
  • Small packs of tissue
  • Lip Balm/moisturizer 
 First Aid  
  •  Antacids (TUMS / Pepto)
  • Anti-Diarrhea (Imodium AD)
  • Band aids
  • Alcohol Swabs
  • Neosporin
  • Digestive Enzymes 
  •  Video camera
  • Camera (Extra memory cards)
  • CD player/walkman
  • Power Converter (necessary to run any equipment
    from the US)
  • Day /Backpack / Fanny pack
  • Notebook /Pens
  • Laundry detergent
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Money belt / Passport Pouch
  • Lonely Planet “Mandarin Phrasebook”
  • Phone card
  • Small locks for luggage
  • Earplugs
  • Inflatable neck pillow
  • Eyeshades 
  • Bubble wrap/duct tape (for packing items)
  • Tubes for transporting calligraphy/artwork
  • Travel sized sewing kit
  • Zip lock bags
  • Energy bars
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Granola
  • Breath mints
  • Vitamins/Supplements
  • Teas/coffee
  • Chocolate, treats
  • Medications
  • Herbal remedies/Essential oils
Phone Apps  
  • Chinese language apps (Pleco)
  • Money conversion apps
  • Airline apps