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Wudangshan - Wudang mountains

The Wudang Mountains in the North-Western part of the Hubei Province in Central China are sacred to Daoists and sometimes referred to as "the most sacred mountain range under the sky". The beautiful scenery covers an area of about 400 square kilometers and there are some 46 major temples and monasteries, 72 shrines and countless caves and hermitages. Ancient and enchanting paths lead to the highest of 72 peaks, Mount Tianzhu, which is 1600 meter high and has the Golden Temple on its top.

For centuries Daoist hermits have retreated to the remoteness and tranquility of the Wudang Mountains to withdraw from the material world and practice their Daoist exercises. Here they strived for longevity by living in harmony with natural phenomena, adapting to the flow of life and practicing meditation.

One such hermit was Zhang Sanfeng (14th century BCE) who is said to be the founder of Taijiquan and Wudang Style which together with the Shaolin Style is a major Chinese martial art. Where Shaolin is a so called external style, Wudang is internal and focuses on the effect of inner principles rather than on the utilization of physical strength alone.