“Master Pi is a great master of Chinese painting. His skills in both painting and teaching make him a unique practitioner within China. In this course, which he specifically wished it to be for non-Chinese speakers so as to increase our skills in this art form, he will give both group and one-on-one tuition. Master Pi has deliberately kept the group small as to allow for the most intense and focused learning experience. In the many times I have visited Master Pi, he has been warm, engaging and generous of his time and skill. He wishes to share his knowledge and love of his unique talent. I feel honored to have met him and deeply honored to be called a friend.” - Stephen Carroll 2019.

Please note this course is for intermediate and advanced artists only who already have their own art practice. Beginners tuition will not be given.

Price Details: 

The tour cost based on a twin share is US$2450pp for minimum 6 pax

Single supplement: US$580.

Important Note:

1. The participants in the group will be between 6-10 persons

2. There are limited vacancies, please book before the date of July 31, 2019. 

Duration: 12 days & 11 nights

Destinations: Guangzhou - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guangzhou

Starting Point: Guangzhou

Ending Point: Guangzhou

Customize Your Tour:
☑  Travel Dates  ☑ Your Interests  ☑ Your Travel Style

The professional guide will meet you at the airport, and transfer to Ocean Hotel (1 night). Overnight in Guangzhou.

After breakfast, transfer to the train station to take a bullet train to Guilin (2.5hours). Transfer to Heshe Hotel or Guilin Yi Royal Palace Hotel and have lunch. Visit to a local tea house and listen to a lecture of tea and its connection with Chinese art and painting. Meet Master Pi with formal introductions. Visit art supply establishments and obtain any necessary art supplies for the course. Advice will be given by Master Pi on particular brushes etc. that will suit technique and personal requirements.

Meal: B, L

China tour for Chinese painting

Morning: As this program is for those with experience there is no introduction to general skills.

1. Rock painting

2. Line painting

3. Advanced texture strokes for rock painting

4. Moss painting

5. Traditional 3D techniques (parallax and perspective)

6. Traditional composition techniques.In the afternoon, visit Banyan Lake Art Gallery and Flower Bridge Art Gallery Painting appreciation and copying skills.

Meal: B, L

Traditional Chinese Painting Tour


1. Trees

2. Trunks

3. Branches

4. Leaves

5. Traditional composition techniques and theory.Afternoon: Visit the workshop of Mr. Huang, who is a master of making traditional Chinese fans.

Meal: B, L

China Tour about Chinese Painting


1. Combination of rocks and trees into a landscape.

2. Clouds

3. Water

4. Traditional composition of a Chinese landscape scene.Afternoon, drive out of town to a workshop of making traditional lacquer ware.

Meal: B, L

Traditional Chinese Painting Trip

Full day course: We will be outside to sketch and paint with pen or brush “plein air”. Please prepare a sketch book or painting clip. Mr. Pi will discuss materials for plein air technique that suits the individual. Guilin is in a perfect area for traditional Chinese painting, the Karst mountain formations are unique and the surrounding rock and forest formations of this type are best seen in this area. You will begin to construct a portfolio to continue with your paintings for years to come.

Meal: B, L

China Tour to Seven Star Park


1. Flower painting technique.

2. Line drawing using only brush work.

3. Gongbei (elaborate style)

4. Xieyi (free hand brush technique).Afternoon, drive to a farmer painters' village. The local farmers learn to paint landscape paintings to make a better life besides their farm work and sell at the low end art market. They also make painted cloth dragons for New Year celebrations.

Meal: B, L

Painters' China tour in Yangshuo

Full day course: Drive to Xiong Village near Daxu old town with Mr. Pi, stroll in the village. You will see the old farmers’ houses, and even slogans during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) that have been well preserved here. Under the direction of Master Pi there will be advanced sketching practice. Later head for Daxu for lunch. Walk around the old street and pay a visit to a local resident. In the afternoon, more sketch practice at the old town.

Meal: B, L


1. Continue rock, tree and flower technique

2. Individual time with Master Pi for technique fine tuning and precision brushwork.

3. Choose and prepare works started or completed in this week for exhibition.

4. ExhibitionAfternoon, walk around the downtown lakes and enjoy tea at a local tea house with lecture and sketching.Have a farewell dinner with Master Pi in the evening.

Meal: B, L

In the morning, explore Reed Flute Cave in the suburb of the city. Then transfer to Yangshuo for lunch. In the early afternoon, take a bamboo raft down Yulong River (1.5hours) to see the rural life of South China. This is a perfect area and activity for continuing your plein air sketching. In the evening attend the Impression Liu Sanjie Light Show. Overnight at Bamboo Leaf Hotel (2 nights).

Meal: B, L

Get up early in the morning, and have a Taiji course (7:30-9:00am). Then have breakfast. After that, drive to Seven Immortals Peak Tea Farm to see the tea trees and tea production, taste the organic tea. Have lunch at the farm. Free time in the afternoon. Both the morning and the afternoon are a perfect time and place to continue painting. Take this opportunity to capture the unique vistas of this area including farming practices and local plants and wildlife.

Meal: B, L

Painters' China tour to Yangshuo

Transfer to Guilin train station to board a bullet train to Guangzhou to catch your international flight back home.

Meal: B

What's included

  • Guide

    Private tour escorted by English speaking guides in Guangzhou and Guilin.

  • Meals

    Meals are included as specified (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=Dinner).

  • Transport

    Private air-con bus in each place.

  • Accommodation

    above mentioned hotels with daily breakfast.

  • Other

    Domestic bullet train (first class): Guangzhou/Guilin/Guangzhou. Note: if the first class tickets are not available, then 2nd class tickets will be offered. Fare difference will be refunded to you.
    Admission fees.

  • Visa

    Visa arrangement. Please consult the local Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General first for the tourist visa.

  • Other

    Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg).
    Personal expense.
    Any meals not specified as "B, L or D".
    Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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