Mt. Wudang is a sacred place for taoists and the birth place of Chinese Internal Taichi and Kungfu.
Monasteries on the summit has long been known as an academic centre for the research, teaching and practice of meditation, Chinese martial arts, traditional Chinese medicine, Taoist agriculture practices and related arts.
The monasteries and buildings were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
The mountain’s rugged peaks covered in old-growth forest, along with its ancient monasteries — some built to fit the contours of the cliffs, others to mirror them — are well worth the adventure. The natural setting is so photogenic that it was chosen for background scenes for the internationally acclaimed movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.
Though less well known overseas, Wudang’s “internal” form of wushu (martial arts) is as highly regarded as Shaolin Temple’s “external” form. Students come from all parts of China to study at the many martial arts schools in town and on the mountain.