Physiotherapy in China

9 - 23 Mar 2018
  • Medical & Professional Tours
+ Optional extension: SW China and Tibet / Yangtze Cruise

About the tour

This tour examines the developments in physical and physiotherapy in China within the social and economic context and looks at how Western therapies are incorporated with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The tour is designed to give participants a fascinating insight into China by looking at its society, its history and its approach to physical therapy, as well as its contemporary culture.

A superb cultural programme takes you well off the beaten track to offer an insider’s view of China. The tour itinerary also examines China’s traditional and contemporary culture and society. Visit the great sites of the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace and Tiananmen Square, as well as more unusual visits. There are walking tours in old Shanghai and the historic hutongs of Beijing, as well as visits to a silk workshop in Suzhou, the Shanghai Museum, classic gardens, the Birds' Nest Stadium in Beijing and a night market in Xian. Experience the great cities as well as the stunning landscapes of rural China and experience the history, society and culture of this extraordinary land. 

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Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Sheila Purves

Sheila Purves

Sheila Purves (贝维斯) recently retired from her position as Director of International & China Programmes, The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation (1988 – 2013).  She is now working as Consultant for The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation.  In the past twenty-five years, she was  responsible for planning, fund-raising, implementing, and evaluating rehabilitation training projects, mainly in China, many undertaken in the Society’s role as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Rehabilitation. She has worked with hospitals, rehabilitation centres, social and child welfare institutes, and communities. Sheila is a Canadian citizen, with a basic degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of British Columbia (1979), a Masters of Public Health in 1996 from Boston University. She is licensed as both an Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist. She is honorary advisor, professor and lecturer to many hospitals and medical universities in different parts of China and she has undertaken consulting assignments for WHO, UNICEF, China Disabled Persons Federation, Handicap International (China Office), World Vision Hong Kong, Kadoorie Charitable Foundation Hong Kong and others.

In 2000 she was awarded an MBE for her work in China on the Queens’ Honour List (UK). In 2011 received a Doctor of Social Science (honoris causa) from Hong Kong Institute of Education.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 9 March (Fri) Beijing:  Arrive Beijing. Afternoon talk: “China Perspectives on Physiotherapy" and meet local physiotherapists. Welcome dinner in the evening
  • 10 March (Sat) Beijing:  Visit the Summer Palace in the morning and the Great Wall in the afternoon.  Peking Roast Duck dinner   
  • 11 March (Sun) Beijing: Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Walking tour of the hutongs of old Beijing. Visit Blind People Massage Centre and have a foot massage. Optional performance of Beijing Acrobats in the evening
  • 12 March (Mon) Beijing: Visit a day care centre for children with special needs. Physiotherapy skills exchange with Chinese staff. Opportunity for hands on training. In the afternoon visit the China National Rehabilitation Research Centre. Meet with physiotherapists teaching staff and students. Visit departments of hydro therapy and sports therapy 
  • 13 March (Tues) Beijing / Xian: Train to Xian and at leisure. Evening visit to a tea house and the night market   
  • 14 March (Wed) Xian: Visit the Terracotta Warriors. Visit the old city walls and the Calligraphy Street Market. Optional performance of traditional Tang Dynasty Theatre
  • 15 March (Thurs) Xian / Guilin:  Optional early morning tai chi. Return for breakfast. Visit Xian City Hospital Physiotherapy Department. Fly to Guilin later in the day
  • 16 March (Fri) Guilin: Visit Guilin Mothers' and Childrens' Hospital. Afternoon visit to a calligraphy and traditional art studio. Option to learn calligraphy and traditional brush stroke painting
  • 17 March (Sat) Guilin / Yangshuo:  Enjoy scenic cruise along the stunning Li River to the village of Yangshuo.  At leisure or optional cookery class
  • 18 March (Sun) Yangshuo:  Cycle or buggy ride through the countryside past farms, villages and visit Dr Shu the village health worker (once known as a ‘barefoot doctor’). At leisure in the afternoon and optional performance of spectacular son et lumière show
  • 19 March (Mon) Yangshuo / Suzhou: Fly from Guilin to Shanghai. Transfer to the ancient water town of Suzhou
  • 20 March (Tues) Suzhou / Shanghai: Visit the Master of the Nets Garden, the silk workshop and museum. Visit the Chinese Medicine Hospital and learn of acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage in the afternoon and in the evening drive to Shanghai
  • 21 March (Wed) Shanghai: Visit the Traditional Chinese Medicine University and meet lecturers and students.  Visit the Sunshine Rehabilitation Centre
  • 22 March (Thurs) Shanghai:  Visit the Shanghai Museum and old Shanghai. Explore the French Concession, Tian Zi Fang and the Bund. Farewell dinner in the evening    
  • 23 Mar (Fri) Shanghai: Depart Shanghai for flight home or take optional extensions

Tour cost

Ground only: USD $3,400 pp sharing

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