This rustic little gem in the Fragrant Hills just outside of sprawling Beijing offers respite from the city's hustle and bustle: Mountainyoga has made its home in a traditional Chinese courtyard house with lots of bamboo, wood, and stone, nestled in a small village overlooking both the hills and the city below. Come here for an overnight retreat (or longer) to nourish yourself with Hatha yoga – taught by Chinese and international teachers – as well as meditation, mantra-singing, hiking in nature, and homemade vegetarian food. What makes this retreat unique is the rich Chinese flavour it is infused with: Tai Chi, calligraphy, and painting are just a few of the activities on offer. Corporate retreats can be arranged, too, and accommodation is on site in double rooms and shared dorms – or feel free to camp on the roof terrace.

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