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                                        Wudang Mountain
 Location: Hubei  Province     Wudang Mountain map

Wudang Mountains is located in central China's Hubei Province. The Chinese Charaters for Wudang Shan are  ,Shan for mountain. For hundreds of years, Mt. Wudang has been regarded as a fairy mountain, a sacred land for Chinese Taoism (Daoism).After the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, people from home and abraod have been more and more appealed by the charm of this mystical mountain

Wudang Mountain, also called Taihe Mountain or Xianshi Mountain in the past, is located near the city of Danjiangkou, in central Hubei Province. There are 72 peaks, 36 cliffs, 24 gullies, 3 lakes, 9 springs and 10 ponds there. The main peak, Tianzhu Peak, has an altitude of 1,612 m.      

Not only Wudang Mountain Scenic America, but is a treasure house of culture, ancient architecture mountains grand scale, the massive Taoist temples, more prestigious that it is the world's ancient architectural history miracle. Mountain cultural landscape magnificent, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing generations have built here. When the Tang Dynasty, Li Shimin in Zhenguan years (627-649), in Wulong Temple Hall. To Song, Idolization Zhen Wu Emperor fundamental rationale for justice, direct services to the Royal Wudang Taoism basically formed. Copies of the Ming Dynasty, Zhu Di to Mount Wudang closure as a "big mountain", Zhu Ming emperors thick Cong more closure to a "Peace and Yue Yuen." Wudang Taoism then reached its peak, as the supremacy of the royal family in mind, the National Taoist Center.

Mountain existing large number of ancient buildings built by the Ming Dynasty. It contains the history, Ming Cheng Zu Zhu Di those of Taoism, in building Beijing Palace (now the museum), the loyal, Sajik, such as the Temple of Heaven after the completion of 10 years in Yongle (1412) that ordered the rate of 30 stationed in Wudang Mountain Peoples construction and credits to 13 years from the county-jun (today Danjiang I city) net in the city of Le Palais Tianzhufeng Jinding Zhi stretches 70 kilometers of the road and later completed formation of nine concept JiuGongTu, 12 kiosks and 36 settled in the deserted, 39 bridges, 72 Rock Temple Association complete package magnificent building complexes 33 buildings, along ancient beads may Silverstrand, connected to the main building and decorative pieces sexual buildings, temples or palaces over 20,000, more than 400, the total size of 1.6 million square meters, more than double the museum, constitute a huge Taoism buildings, the higher their artistic value and historical value. Its most ambitious of concentration is superb and his works difficult, in fact, rare in the world. Such a mammoth project in the history of the development of China's mountains can be said to be the only no. The entire system is based on power and divine right combination of political intentions, and the construction of each module built-in, the mountains, slopes, cliff climbing the appropriate location, through the natural scenery of the magnificent tall or STEEP Youhe constitute mountains Qiong Court moods. Embodies the solemn majesty of the imperial power, it also embodies a divine right and the mysteriously magic, creating a natural beauty and cultural integration of the US high mountains landscape.

Wudang is not only scenic spots, or Taoist mountains. Moreover, the Wudang martial arts are critically important, the real reputations of Wudang Mountain is a great master Zhang Sanfeng, he founded the Wudang were sent with the Songshan Shaolin par. Wudang martial arts with deep roots in Taoism, Taoist practitioners studied, often accompanied by the skills, to the body of Wudang martial arts practitioners, health care for defensive purposes, the soft, either his own faction, known as the "home boxing camp."

Taoism is originated in ancient Chinese culture's indigenous religion, the Chinese have Taoism Block and the Temple Mount Wudang unique why? Ming Cheng Zu and the origins of which are closely related to Zhu Di.

Wudang Temple was built in the Tang dynasty when it gradually build, to the Ming dynasty, Zhu Di Military Governors launching the "Armenian dispute," the nephew win the throne. To make such a breach of the feudal ethics Medicare act legally, the world's hearts, his theory is based on one of Royal Charismatic, a true evil Wudang the Yin You. In his enthronement after winning the construction and repair Palace North, South Xiu Wudang, which is to thank the gods, and the consolidation rule. Yiping Zhu Di also true for the main Royal God, these moves for the Wudang Taoism began with a heyday. After the Ming dynasty, Zhu Di has always regarded as Wudang court praying for the court to avert disaster in mind, enabling Wudang Taoism, sealing etc., the expansion of Temple, it became a "gigantic mountains," and the country's Taoist Center, in the Ming dynasty, their political status and, at the zenith of many famous incomparable . For centuries, etc.-and not only believers across the Yellow River from top to bottom, but from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.

So the dominance of Wudang, when construction on it. Wudang is China's largest complex of Taoist temples. According to records, the year after the current estimates of Xiuwu A total of 300,000 artisans, lasted 12 years, accomplish some 8,000 Temple I, the Temple Mount Wudang were statues for the device, religious paraphernalia and Po streamers and God accounts for more facilities such as Royal Chin down, Wealthy incomparable. Mount Wudang was widely rumored that religion is "the reason the rich", "gold and silver" the world. Later, because of the continuous expansion of Wudang Taoism construction reached as many as 20,000.

Mount Wudang construction dynasty is really a myth to arrange Cultivation cloth point, and in accordance with government and the divine right combination of intent construction, embodied by the killing and Taoism needs of "solemn", "powerful", "abstruse", "magical" atmosphere. From the Mountains to the foot of the mountains Tianzhufeng GoldenPalace.com, with the same color Shop Sheng Qingshi a 70 km long "Shinto", along both sides of the construction of a Shinto eight palaces, two concept, settled in the deserted 36, 72 rock temple, 39 bridges, 12 pavilions and other large buildings. In 12 years, Zhu Di always concern earnestness, made a total of over 60 Road imperial edict, the contents of the large contingent of human-to small-design drawings for approval, construction materials I handled judgments. Zhu Di Zaisandingning obedient nature of the mountains do not have money to repair the station, this is Wudang Taoism complex also features a embodies the Taoist "respect for nature" thinking.

Wudang full advantage of the construction of tall majestic summits and the dong was STEEP You will each have built temples in the caves summits suitable location to enable them with the surrounding trees, rocks, streams harmonious integration, up, like a natural picture.

As a Taoist mountains, amber when Hill today incense still, after going through the vicissitudes of the Temples, melodious Taoist music, the myths and legends, along with those devout pilgrims, impart ancient culture.

Although many temples have become rubble, but the existing building still looks magnificent and beautiful, but there are many wonders from the surprising thing. Minute as a true five-story tower concept, a 12-beam support structure peculiar Kengfang masterpiece; Nine Yellow River wall can send voice, and the Beijing Tiantan similar whispering gallery; Turned recognized as the bell interior surface at the impact of several quietly, and Dianwai has clearly hear the bell curl; Lau 1721, saying the bronze the Golden Temple is a gems around it with a few sight, one of the "Lei restored Palace" : no lightning ancient Golden Temple facilities, thunderstorms days, often around the Golden Temple Reel flickered fireball rolling and beautiful scenes million, and each of lightning after the Golden Temple is not only unused loss, and but if the new shape ... All these people come to the wisdom of the ancients issued heartfelt praise.

Yet from the Tang period, on Mount Wudang Taoism gradually busier, a lot Road construction concept, but the end of the Yuan Dynasty, the Wudang most of the old buildings have been destroyed Bingluan. Currently the hill to the palaces built by the Ming Dynasty. Ming Yongle years spent almost a decade, to build a Yuxugong, Zixiaogong the event really Palace, Tai Wo Temple 33 large buildings, the design of the full use of topographical features, and clever layout and characteristics also to each other.

Wudang Mountain is well vegetated and boasts rich plant resources. About 600 kinds of Chinese herbs, one third of the total recorded in the encyclopedic Compendium of Materia Medica written by Li Shizhen in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), grow on the mountain. For this reason, the mountain is also famous as a natural drugstore.     

    Wudang Mountain is a scenic resort perfectly integrating natural landscape with manmade buildings. Taoist temples are prominent here. During the reign of Emperor Zhenguan of the Tang Dynasty (627-649), the Wulong (five dragons) Temple was built. And in 1412, Emperor Zhu Di, an enthusiastic Taoist, ordered the construction of 33 temples, which were completed in 1423. The various Taoist structures cover a total area of 1.6 million sq. m. Among them, the most magnificent temple is the Golden Hall, which is made of fine copper on a granite foundation. The seated Taoist figure in the hall is cast so exquisitely that it is regarded as a masterpiece representing the highest level of ancient China's copper casting.    

Zixiao Palace is one of the buildings that is still intact and is located at the foot of Zhanqi Peak which is northeast of Tianzhu Peak. It was built in 1413, the 11th year of the reign of the Ming Emperor Yongle. The palace includes the Dongtian Gate, Dragon and Tiger Hall, Xunbei Stele Pavilion, Shifangzhang, Zixiao Hall and Parents Hall. The five-bay Zixiao Hall, the main building, was built on a three-level terrace; it is double-eaved, nine-ridged and has green tiles and red walls.

The Golden Hall, or Golden Crown, is situated on top of Tianzhu Peak and was built in 1-I16, the 14th Year of the reign of the Ming Emperor Yongle. It is 5.54 meters high, 5.8 meters wide and 4.2 meters long and imitates the appearance of a timber structure. The tiles, rafters, ridgepoles, beams and gates are bronze and it was built on a granite base; it weighs more than 80 tons. Its double eaves rise up and on the ridges there are immortals and animals. The hall demonstrates well-developed artistic skills in casting, decorating and gold-plating and it is one of the best known Taoist buildings on the mountain.


Before you enter the hall you have to pass through Zijin City which has a city wall 1.5 kilometers long, built from 500-kilogram rectangular stone slabs. The wall has four carved gates. Golden Hall is the best place to view the sunrise in the Morning and the sea of clouds in the evening.

Five-dragon View-site

Golden Peak View-site

Laoying View-site

Purple Cloud Palace View-site

The South Cliff

Included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1994.

  Cultural Heritage        
There are four Taoist palaces, remains of two other palaces, two temples and a number of cliff temples and halls of worship remaining on Wudang Mountain. The original features of these constructions are well preserved in terms of layout, design, style, materials and technique. Taoist halls are mainly built in secluded nooks or on terraces, surrounded by nunneries and halls of worship. And cliff temples are usually built on prominent peaks, with which the mountain abounds. The temples and halls are architecturally superb, and have great cultural and technological value. They are invaluable material for the study of the politics of the early Ming Dynasty, the religious history of China and ancient Chinese buildings.
The major characteristics of ancient groups of buildings on Wudang Mountain can be summed up as follows:
1.      Superb Techniques       

The buildings vary in style, and are constructed with different materials. There are wooden temples, copper halls and stone cliff temples. Statues made from copper, wood, stone and earth are noted for their delicate techniques and artistic creativity.

2.  Treasure House of Taoist Architecture
The Taoist buildings on the mountain were planned by emperors, and managed by imperial officials. The buildings were designed on such a grand scale, constructed with so much care, and furnished with so many lavish statues and items of worship that they are regarded as unprecedented masterpieces among China's existing Taoist constructions.
3. Historical Significance
The extensive construction on Wudang Mountain was carried out when Emperor Zhu of the Ming Dynasty was making great efforts to expand external contacts and promote Taoism in the country. He intended to consolidate his rule by instilling into his subordinates the idea that the imperial power is endowed by Heaven. Therefore, these Taoist buildings are of great significance for the study of the history and religious belief of that period.
 Taoist Culture
The history of Taoism at Wudang Mountain can be traced back about 2,000 years. It began to prosper in the Tang and Song dynasties, and reached its heyday in the Ming Dynasty. Taoism witnessed a decline in the ensuing Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), but it was revitalized after the founding of New China in 1949.
Taoist ritual activities follow a set of procedures handed down through generations of Taoist priests. The priests recite ancient scriptures and play Taoist music, following a centuries-old formula. Taoist music has been extensively studied by scholars and experts.
 Wudang Mountain Wushu
Wudang Mountain wushu, noted for its exercise of the internal organs and breathing techniques, developed along with Wudang Mountain Taoism. Taoist priests put equal emphasis on religious practice and promotion of the health. They derived the principles of wushu from Taoist theories and applied Taoist practical approaches to wushu skills, thus gradually developing Wudang Mountain wushu which integrates ancient Chinese philosophy with extraordinary wushu skills. In the Ming Dynasty, Wudang Mountain wushu reached its height through the outstanding efforts of a Taoist priest named Zhang Sanfeng, and gradually became one of the major schools of Chinese wushu.

GETTING TO WUDANG, YOUR DREAMY DESTINATION

      Mt Wudang is located in the northwest of central China's Hubei Province. If you are in Beijing, it is to your south; if you are in Shanghai, it is to your west.

       Wuhan is the capital of Hubei Province, also a very big city throughout the country. You can go there to visit the famous Yellow Crane Tower and the East Lake .Of course, you can't miss seeing the magnificent Yangzi River, which is called the Mother River for Chinese nation.

      But, for those who have a clear purpose of coming to Wudang directly from the gateway city Beijing or Shanghai, then there is no need to come to Wudang via Wuhan. Among many Wudang tourists from foreign countries, they hardly had any information as how to get here to Wudang. They first took a train to Wuhan, and then stayed there for one or two nights unwillingly, and then took extra trouble in getting tickets to Wudang. Below is the useful information helping with your Wudang tour.

Starting station

Train number

Starting time

Your Destination and arrival time

The train's destination

Beijing

K279

16:32

Wudangshan

12:49

Shiyan

T9

Wudangshan

6:45(Shiyan)

Chongqing

Shanghai

K283

21:02

Wudangshan

17:23

Chengdu

K351( from South Station)

18:19

Wudangshan

16:20

Chengdu

K284

17:50

Wudangshan

10:02

Shanghai

K352

19:34

Wudangshan

13:11

Shanghai South Station

Chongqing

T10

10 : 10

19 : 46 ( Shiyan )

Beijing West Station

Xi'an

K626

8:50

Wudangshan

17:23

Three Gorges(Yichang)

Three Gorges (Yichang)

K625

15:17

Wudangshan

21:48

Xi'an

Wuhan

T673(from Wuchang)

9:00

Wudangshan

14:10

Shiyan

(from Hankou)

    If you need the arrangement of pick-up and stay in Beijing or Shanghai, transportation(reservation of ticket  and shift from your hotel to the train station) from there to Wudang, you can inform us. We will try our best to smooth your worry. We will give your an email of whom works there in thavel agency.


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Kind Note and Good Ideas for Tourist :
 
1. Comfortable clothes and shoes are necessary while there will be a long time's walking and hiking.
2. We commend to take the chair lift up to (or down from) the Simatai wall.