Wudang Mountains

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Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Location Hubei, China
Criteria Cultural: i, ii, vi
Reference 705
Inscription1994 (18th Session)
Coordinates 32°24′03″N111°00′14″E / 32.400833°N 111.003889°E / 32.400833; 111.003889 Coordinates: 32°24′03″N111°00′14″E / 32.400833°N 111.003889°E / 32.400833; 111.003889
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Location of Wudang Mountains in China
Wudang Mountains
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"Wudang Mountains" in Simplified (top) and Traditional (bottom) Chinese

At the first national martial arts tournament organized by the Central Guoshu Institute in 1928, participants were separated into practitioners of Shaolin and Wudang styles. Styles considered to belong to the latter group—called Wudangquan—are those with a strong element of Taoist neidan exercises. Typical examples of Wudangquan are Taijiquan, Xingyiquan and Baguazhang. According to legend, Taijiquan was created by the Taoist hermit sage Zhang Sanfeng, who lived in the Wudang mountains. [8]

Wudangquan has been partly reformed to fit the PRC sport and health promotion program. The third biannual Traditional Wushu Festival was held in the Wudang Mountains from October 28 to November 2, 2008. [9]

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