Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. It is said to be beneficial for men and women of all ages by promoting the circulation of chi or life energy within the body, encouraging wellness and vitality of the person.
In Hong Kong, Tai Chi is an integral part of the locals' lives. You can see many people, young and old, practicing the art of Tai Chi in public parks throughout the city, especially early in the morning. Tai Chi's series of fluid movements, which are designed to keep the balance of Yin and Yang in the body, are not that strenuous. In fact, Tai Chi is very relaxing and a good way to meditate. The movements are also easy to learn, making it popular with the tourists, too.
There are a variety of Tai Chi courses offered in Hong Kong. You can check out the YMCA and fitness centres for classes and schedules. The Hong Kong Tourism Board also runs Tai Chi classes for beginners, free of charge. The sessions run four days a week, with a trained Tai Chi practitioner at two locations: the Avenue of Stars, with spectacular views of the city's skyline, and The Peak Tower Rooftop, offering a breathtaking view of the city below.
The Hong Kong Tourism Board's free Tai Chi classes are held every 8am-9am on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront and The Peak Tower. Registration is required to join. Contact Hong Kong Tourism Hotline at +852 2508 1234 for inquiries.