• Wudang Shan (Mountain) is number one in the hierarchy of sacred Taoist mountains. Monasteries & Buildings on the summit were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, and has long been known as a center for Chinese martial arts.

    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".

  • About Mount Wudang



    Hubei Province, 500km (311 miles) NW of Wuhan. Wudang Shan (Mountain) is number one in the hierarchy of sacred Daoist mountains.  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 palaces and temples in Wudang, which was built as an organized complex during the Ming Dynasty (14th–17th centuries), contains Taoist buildings from as early as the 7th century. It represents the highest standards of Chinese art and architecture over a period of nearly 1,000 years. Noted temples include the Golden Hall, Nanyan Temple and the Purple Cloud Temple.

     

    Unlike other Taoist Mountains like Qingcheng Shan, and Nan Yue Heng Shan, Wudang receives relatively few tourists because of a longer journey, and it has preserved its temples and its Taoist tradition more successfully than the less-remote mountains. 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".


    Another name associated with these mountains is Zhang Sanfeng, the Daoist Immortal credited with inventing the discipline of taijiquan in the late 14th century. 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. The famous swords used in the Wudang style are for sale everywhere.

  • * Enjoy the extensive Wudang complex of remarkable palaces, temples, pagodas and nunneries is constructed on the slopes, cliffs and peaks of the verdant Wudang mountain scenic area.
    * Learn to do taichi and "internal" martial arts on the misty peak.
    * Join Taoist monks' dinner at their canteen.
    * Learn Taoism from the master, and attend meditation practice and chant prayers together with remotely Taoists.

  • The best times to visit are April through June and September through October, when the leaves turn as red as the gorgeous temple walls.
    Wudang is a good summer retreat as the monasteries and mountain summit are covered with snow more than half of the year. Staying in the hotel on the top is still a bit cold in May. But there will be more local tourists in Summer.

  • Suggested Itinerary for A Private Custom-made Tour

    - includes extended tour options 

    Day 1: Fly into Xiangfan / Mount. Wudang

    • Fly to Xiangfan, Hubei in the morning. 
      Beijing Participants: CA1385 (07:45 - 09:45)
      Shanghai Participants: Shanghai Pudong FM9367 (08:00-10:10)
      Other locale: please let us know your departure city and we will book air or train tickets for you
    • After arrival at the airport, we depart Xiangfan to Wudang Township ( 2.5 hours drive along the express highway) to Wudang Mountain Scenic area, transfer to the shuttle bus designated by the Wudang Scenic Area Administration) up to the mountain. Then we check into the hotel in the half way of the peak and have lunch.
    • Take the shuttle bus to the Nanyan Gong (Southern Cliff Palace), which is the most dramatic of the existing temples, built into the side of a sheer cliff, recalling Northern Heng Shan's Hanging Monasteries in Datong, Shanxi -- another Daoist temple that seems to defy gravity.
    • Visit Wudang Shan's Zixiao Gong (Purple Mist Palace), located on Zhanqi Peak (below the cliff Taizi Yan).  Best preserved from the Ming dynasty building boom, this large, still very active monastery with striking red halls was built in 1413. It is also the location of Taoist Association. We will learn Wudang's health, breathing and wellness experiences and practise taichi. Wudang is the birth place for taich, which was created by Taoist master Zhang Sanfeng from Wudang. 
    • Stay in the temple till the sunset when the temple becomes quiet after all tourists have left.
    • Have dinner with Taoist monks in their living quarter inside the temple.
    • Practice Taoist meditation together with monks in the courtyard of the temple.
    • Stay the night in the hotel nearby.

    DAY 2: Wudang / Xaingfan 

    •  In the morning, enter into the temple again before it officially opens to tourists, and learn Wudang Taichi with a Taoist taichi teacher in the courtyard
    • Learn to practice Wudang Taichi with a Taoist master. Mount. Wudang is the birthplace for Taichi.
    • This morning we take cable car to the summit to visit Jin Dian (Golden Hall), which sits on Tianzhu Feng, highest of Wudang's 72 peaks (1,612m high).
      The hall is part of the 15th-century Taihe Gong (Palace of Supreme Harmony) complex. Its two-tiered roof, covered in gilded bronze, is, naturally, best viewed on a clear day when it sparkles.
    • After lunch, we leave the Wudang Scenic Area and visit a martial art school before driving back to Xiangfan.
    • Have dinner and stay overnight in a 4-star hotel in Xiangfan.

    Day 3: Xiangfan / Fly Out

    • Fly out in the morning. 
      Beijing participants: CA1386 (10:45 - 12:30)
      Shanghai participants: FM9368 (10:55-12:45)