Country for PR: China
Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Tuesday, April 13 2021 - 14:52
A Warm Invitation from China's Wudang Mountains
DANJIANGKOU, China, Apr. 13, 2021 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

On April 12, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a special global 
promotion for Hubei Province, central China. The Wudang Mountains, the holy 
place of Taoism, once again made a stunning appearance in front of the world.

In the meantime, the first "2021 Wudang Mountains Intangible Cultural Heritage 
Temple Fair" is underway in Yuxu Street, according to the Wudang Mountains 
Tourism Special Economic Zone Working Committee. Powerful martial arts 
performances, graceful folk dances, and dazzling Han Chinese costume show were 
all presented. The event will last until May 6. People in the city of Shiyan 
invite tourists from home and abroad to visit the Wudang Mountains, joining the 
temple fairs, enjoying the beautiful scenery and practicing martial arts.

The Wudang Mountains is a world cultural heritage, a famous Taoist holy place 
in China and a national key scenic spot. UNESCO said the Wudang Mountains was 
one of the most beautiful places in the world and the great history of China 
still remains there when it included the ancient building complex in the Wudang 
Mountains in the World Cultural Heritage List.

The natural landscape of the Wudang Mountains is so magnificent that it is 
known as "the most beautiful mountain in the world." The Wudang Mountains has 
the most complete and largest existing Taoist architectural complex in China. 
These buildings make full use of the terrain characteristics, and build the 
palaces among the peaks, mountains, slopes, rocks and streams, reflecting the 
fine tradition of "harmonious coexistence of man and nature" in Chinese 
architectural art, and showing the idea of "Tao following nature and the unity 
of man and nature" in traditional Chinese culture. The Wudang Mountains is thus 
known as "the museum of ancient Chinese architectural achievements" and "the 
Forbidden City hanging on cliffs".

Wudang Wushu is one of the main schools of Chinese Wushu. It is a natural 
combination of martial arts and health preservation methods. It not only has 
profound traditional Wushu culture, but also contains exquisite scientific 
reasons. It applies ancient Chinese philosophies such as Tai Chi, Yin and Yang, 
Five Elements and Eight Diagrams to boxing principles, boxing skills, training 
principles and fighting strategies. Many foreign friends have been attracted to 
the Wudang Mountains to learn martial arts. In June 2010, Pinnick Jake from 
Illinois of the United States came to the Wudan Mountains to learn martial arts 
in a Taoist traditional martial arts school. After more than a decade of 
dedicated learning, Pinnick Jake has now become a martial arts instructor, and 
the 16th generation descendant of the Wudang Sanfeng Sect. In December 2020, 
Tai Chi was inscribed on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible 
Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Source: The Wudang Mountains Tourism Special Economic Zone Working Committee

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   Caption: Wudang Wushu (Wudang martial arts)