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Wudang has always been surrounded by an air of cultural heritage. For centuries, it has been visited by travelers of every caliber on pilgrimages seeking to learn, practice, and enlighten themselves on the study of martial arts as well as Chinese medicine, meditation, Daoist practices and more. Due to its distinguished standpoint as a cultural relic, Wudang was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Wudang boasts 72 peaks in its famous mountain range that houses temples dating back as far as the Tang Dynasty (618–907).
The most famous of Wudangshans peaks is home to JinDing, or, better known as, the Golden Summit. It is situated on the top of Tianzhu Peak (1612 m) and has been the destination for many cultural travelers on their voyage through Wudang. Noted temples that share the path on the way to JinDing include the Nanyan Temple and Zi Xiao Gong, or Purple Heaven Palace.
The path to the summit is also home to a number of scenic spots that have shared their history to everyone from monks, princes, martial artists, movie directors, tourists, to the monkeys and wildlife that inhabit them today.
At the base of the mountain, you will find Yuxu Gong. This historic temple has undergone renovations to bring it back to its original prestige. This is the very location that Zi Gen spent his time in Wudang learning under Master Yuan Xiu Gang. It has been and is the home for all martial artists studying with Master Yuan since the opening of the school in 2004.
In 2012, Wudang celebrated the temples 600 year anniversary. The celebration gave way to the largest collective meeting of Daoists, martial artists, and global travelers paying tribute to the cultural landmark.
One of the most famous and prominent stories that has its roots in the mountains of Wudang is the legacy of Zhang San Feng. The origins of Zhang San Feng are somewhat lost to history, however his journey eventually led him to Wudang Mountain. Here, his studies and experience with martial arts and Daoist practices helped him to create Tai Ji Quan (Internal Boxing).
Wudang strives to maintain itself as a place for people to travel to and learn the style that Zhang San Feng was enlightened with so long ago. For generations, the lineage has been passed down to proficient practitioners who help carry and teach the essence of Wudang Martial Arts and Tai Ji.
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