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5-day Tour on Wudang Mountain

09-26-2010 16:28 BJT

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It was honored across China with the sobriquet as "the first famous mountain under heaven." Today, it's recognized as an architectural achievement and in 1994, UNESCO bestowed Wudang Shan World Cultural Heritage status.

Wudang Shan is also world-famous for its distinctive style of martial arts called Wudang Wushu. This form of martial arts is highly regarded in China; on par with the skills of the better known Shaolin monks. Created by martial arts exponent Zhang Sanfeng, it's still practiced by Taoist priests as part of their routine fitness and self-defense exercises. This kung fu style has been honed to a fine art through the centuries, evolving into variations like Tai Chi and Ba Gua.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Wudang (B,L,D)

a.m. Wudang Mountain Guided Touring

After breakfast we ll go to visit South Cliff (Palace), the Dragon-head Incense burner, an excellent stone scarved architectural art, pointing exactly to the Golden Summit of Wudangshan to the south. From here, the Golden Temple on the Heavenly Pillar Peak is slightly visible. It was here that the Wudang God Zhenwu cultivated for 42 years and gained the Grand dao to fly to the Summit, becoming the No 1 deity.

On the way back to hotel, visit Taishang Temple. This is particularly dedicated to Laozi, universally regarded as the Taoist ancestor. Taishang is derived from his respectfull title as Taishang Laojun.

p.m. Wudang Taoist Culture Lecture and Sanfeng Taiji Training

After lunch, we take a brief rest and listen to Victor s introduction of Wudang Taoist Culture. Mt. Wudang is one of the famous Taoist holy lands in China. Taoism, the traditional Chinese religion, originated from ancient witchcraft, necromancy, philosophies of Chuang Tzu and Lao Tzu in the era before the Qin Dynasty .In the times when Emperor Shui in the Eastern Han Dynasty was at the throne, Zhang Daoling respected the Yellow Emperor as First Ancestor, Lao Tzu as Taoist Ancestor, consecrated Beginning God as the highest god. He cured illness with magic figures and incantations, and created Taoism by helping and educating people with Tao.

Afterwards, taiji training with Victor.

Day 2 Wudang (B,L,D)

a.m. Sanfeng Taiji Training and Crown Prince Slope

06:00am-08:30am: taiji training with Victor at the hotel

After breakfast, we take a bus to visit Crown Prince Slope. The ancient buildings on the Crown Prince's Slope were elaborately built according to the story of Emperor Zhenwu's cultivation. Ancient architects made full use of the topography and built up double-layered walls, the Nine-winding Yellow River Walls. When you pass two mountain gates, a spacious courtyard will come into view. Strolling further along the path, you will see secluded overlapping courtyards. Tea art appreciation with the beautiful music of Gu Zheng. Lunch in the nearby Mountain featured Restaurant.

p.m. Xiaoyao Valley & Yuxu Crag

After lunch, we explore Xiaoyao Valley; visit Yuxu Crag to feel how Zhang Sanfeng watched the fight between magpie and snake and created Taijiquan. If we are lucky enough, we will catch up with a Taiji performance inside the Xiaoyao Valley. If weather allowed, we will catch up a Kungfu Show Performance.


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