1 Year Kung Fu Training in Hubei, China

  • Wudang Dragongate Kungfu School / Chuanzhen Wushu Yuan, Plum Valley, Wudangshan, Hubei, China

Overview

China Kung Fu School

Learn traditional Wudang Daoist martial arts. Study in an exceptional place, the Wudang Dragongate where everyone is welcome. Wudang Dragongate Kungfu School provides many opportunities ranging from professional and serious training for 8 hours a day to a healthy retreat to balance your body, mind, and soul. Come and visit our school today.

Highlights

  • 6 - 7 hours training daily
  • Kung Fu training from Tuesday to Sunday
  • Train under an experienced and highly qualified master
  • Amount and intensity of training tailored according to your condition
  • Get a school diploma after completing your training
  • 364 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • 288 days with instruction
  • Chinese (mandarin), English
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Basic room package

4-bed dorms rooms with bunk beds, desk, internet access, and fan

Standard room package

Standard rooms with bathrooms, desk, internet access, and fan

Luxury room package

Big, nice furnished rooms with private bathrooms, TV, internet access, and optional air condition (heating and cooling)

Individual classes

Independent of duration and study content any student can come and start to begin with practicing favored forms, arts, skills, and styles. Just come by and with the help and guidance of Master Wang you can decide about what exactly you want to learn and how much time you are going to spend on your training.

Health education

Become healthy first and work on your own bigger or smaller health issues to get a start. While your stay, you can enjoy the daily guidance of Master Wang and through his teachings deepen your knowledge about traditional Chinese and Daoist medicine, health education, and longevity practice. Many of the great health secrets are found in between the little routines of the Daoist masters daily life.

Fixed classes

For everybody who exactly knows what to learn or for adding a certain form, style or skill to ones previous abilities.

Wudang Dragongate Kungfu School schedule

Daily schedule Tuesday to Sunday

  • 05:00 - 06:00 Running, stretching, basics, endurance and fitness / Taiji / Qi Gong, meditation, etc.
  • 08:00 - 10:30 Running, stretching, kicks, basics, stances, Taiji, Bagua, Xingyi, applications, forms, etc. / health prevention / special classes
  • 15:00 - 17:30 Warm-up, special flexibility exercise, applications, hand and weapon forms etc. / Taiji / health prevention / special classes
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Running, stretching, Sanda, and applications / Taiji / other forms / Qi Gong and meditation

Wudang Kungfu

Wu Dang Gong Fu means: "hard practice of Wudang or Wudang profession"

Wudang Kung Fu and its traditional internal Daoist arts consist of much more than just their martial part and form a universe of self-cultivation practices, which can, but mustnt, include martial abilities.

With the following chapters, we try to give you an overviewing introduction of the nearly infinite wealth of Wudang Daoist arts. Wudang arts give you one difficult task of finding the right balance and the small path between a holistic way of cultivation and the perfection of certain styles and fields of research.

Wudang Boxing (Wudang Quan)

Wudang Quan, the authentic and unique boxing styles

Wudang Kung Fu is a term of very wide meaning, ranging through all of Wudang martial arts to other physical, mental or professional skills related to Wudang Daoist culture. Wudang martial arts are more precisely described by the term Wudang Quan "Wudang boxing" or even Wudang Wushu "Wudang martial arts".

Wudang and its plenty boxing styles may be the most important source of internal martial arts in the world. The Wudang mountains are a place where an enormous amount of internal martial art styles have derived from and developed in. The Daoist culture of Wudang was ever since backing it with Daoist sciences, knowledge, theories, and the practical research of the great nature.

Wudang Quans influence

The polarity of Yin and Yang, the book of changes, the 8 trigrams, the five elements theories, traditional Chinese medicine and much more form the indispensable foundation of a huge wealth of Wudangs holistic martial arts culture. In China, there are many places where Taiji, Bagua or Xingyi is well spread and traditionally taught with great wisdom.

But more than anywhere else, in Wudang, one can find much more profound Daoist wisdom and background which is needed for a holistic cultivation through these arts. The result is a universe of conform ways to become a holistically skilled Wudang disciple. To study Wudang Kung Fu in our school, for a while, will doubtlessly bring a lot of knowledge about dao, yinyang, the laws and cycles of nature, the Daoist genesis, medicine, and philosophy with it.

Wudang Quans character

There is a lot of Taiji, Bagua and Xingyi in Wudang which are also considered or referred as Wudang Kung Fu. But in the end Wudang Quan has its own character, which had fusioned with parts from the Wudang styles of Taiji, Xingyi, and Bagua.

Master Wang who inherits the three lineages: Dragongate (longmen), pure yang (chunyang) and soft flow lineage (songxi pai) was born in Wudang and studied from many great Wudang masters. Therefore his Kung Fu all derived from original Wudang traditions.

Available Wudang boxing styles

Dragongate Kungfu; Wudang Duanda (close combat fighting) and many other Songxi boxing; Chunyang Quan (Pure Yang Boxing); Taihe Quan (Fist of the highest harmony); Taiyi Wuxing Quan (Taiyi Five Elements Boxing) Wudang Quan (Wudang Boxing, Wudang Fist) old forms simply counted as Wudang quan without a background of any certain lineage, because of long lost traces.

Wudang Quan forms practice video

Wudang Quan international competition video

Wudang Tai Chi (Tai Ji Quan)

Wudang Tai Chi, an essential part of Wudang Kung Fu

Wudang Tai Chi is the original branch of Wudang Daoist and founder of Taijiquan Zhang Sanfeng. Wudang Tai Chi or Wudang Taijiquan is one of the most important heritages of Wudang martial arts culture.

Together with Wudang sword and the cultivation practice of the inner elixir it is known to be one of the three essential parts of Wudang Kung Fu. While the origins of this art are found in the long martial arts history of Wudang, its later branches are now spread around the whole world.

Origin of Taijiquan

Taijiquan is thought to be found by one of Wudangs former Daoist sages Zhang Sanfeng. After the cultural revolution it is very difficult to proof this legend right. Documents were lost and destroyed. Also the way things were handed down, only internally and secretly, often without being too precise on naming the founders and developers of the various arts of Wudang, made the efforts more difficult.

Even if it is unknown how much of the Taijiquan was his very own invention, he at least seemed to be the one who first named and taught the 13 steps of Taijiquan. Composed by the 8 applications (Peng, L, Ji, An, Cai, Lie, Zhou and Kao) and the five element steps (forward, backward, left, right and centering) the 13 steps form the foundation of this art until today.

Wudang Taijiquan, the late Wudang style

Only a few people know that his, passed on, knowledge of internal elixir is of much bigger importance to Wudangs essential Daoist cultivation practice than Taijiquan. In terms of studying Taijiquan todays Wudang is more than evident a place with a deep and profound wisdom and knowledge, not only about all aspects of Taiji, but also about all its roots, backgrounds, theories and didactics.

Wudang Taijiquan in the modern world

Wudang Taijiquan is in fact only a small part of the entire Wudang Kung Fu heritage and also can be considered as a late Wudang style. Wudangs history of martial arts is much older. Without a doubt it was the old tradition of profound Wudang Daoist martial arts which opened the way for the later development of Taijiquan.

Now Taijiquan has many fans all around the world. It is practiced as a holistic martial art, as a Qi Gong practice, as gymnastic workout or even for medical or professional therapeutic reasons in different therapeutic fields. Even governments have officially acknowledged its great value for the cultivation and preservation of psychophysical health of mankind.

Wudang Bagua

Introduction to Wudang Bagua

In Wudang, Baguazhang or Pakua (eight trigrams palm) traditionally is an integral part of Wudang Kung Fu. Like elsewhere it still is a whole system build on many typical basics, forms, drills and weapons, but will often only be part of the broader range of martial skills that will be taught to a dedicated student of Wudang Kung Fu.

Students who want to concentrate only on the practice of Baguazhang will still find enough hard work to do for an all-day training over some years. The art of the eight trigrams palm (ba gua zhang) is strongly related to the yijing, the book of changes and therefore constantly flowing and is always changing directions dynamically.

The movements in Bagua

The number 8 can be found often in this traditional Chinese martial art such as in the step work and main 8 palms etc. Bagua is known for the circle walking, the turns, twists and the spinning, resulting from the rotation steps, the bai kou bu. Baguazhang is very dynamic, has the beauty of dancing and still is very effective for fighting.

In addition to the dynamic kicks, the finger and palm strikes, the specialties of our Baguazhang are the throwing and its enormous flexibility in all directions as well as its superior bodywork. Master Wangs Dragongate Baguazhang, called Longxing Bagua (Dragon shape Bagua) is by his own account his most advanced form.

Bagua in our school

You all can try it, if you want, but consider it quite helpful, if you already have some experience. But whoever wants to learn it will be introduced to it from ones individual starting point. Even if you dont seek for its perfection it will help you a lot with improving balance, flexibility, breathing as well as develop a quick, dynamic, soft, and light-footed bodywork.

It therefore can be used as a therapeutically part of your training. If you decide to study at our Wudang Kung Fu school you can be almost 100% sure that you will learn at least the circle walking, the 8 palms and the turns of Bagua as part of our daily basic training.

Wudang Xingyi

Xingyiquan traditionally is an integral part of Wudang Kung Fu

At the Wudang Dragongate Kungfu School, Xingyiquan will, just like Baguazhang, it will be taught as one part of many other martial skills. Many dont know that Xingyiquan is of big importance to the basic skills and step work of Wudang Kung Fu.

At our school it has the traditional role as a basic skill, which helps to develop great energy for the step work. It aims to develop a fine but strong whole-body-force instead of using a huge amount of coarse physical force. Every long term Kungfu student will learn the simple, very powerful, but not easy steps and attacks in the tradition of the Xingyi five elements boxing.

These five elements are Pi - chopping fist, Zuan - drilling fist, Beng - smashing fist, Pao - exploding fist and Heng - rolling fist. Considered as the very foundation of Xingyiquan, these five basic applications are much older than what was later called Xingyiquan.

Now it still forms the indispensable basis of todays Xingyiquan and a big, important part of Wudang steps work and boxing. Our Wudang Xingyiquan forms range from basic to advanced, from pure Xingyiquan to Wudang style forms, which already integrate more and more other Wudang elements.

The basic Xingyi step work and application is considered a basic skill and integral part of Wudang Kung Fu. Later this foundation will change through the years of training to become what is called Wudang Quan.

It will be added with advanced step work and much softer application. The way of Wudang Kung Fu is a long one and students will need a while only to finish their training of the first basic five elements and the first Xingyi form.

Advanced students will learn the five elements form and the dragonshape Xingyi of the dragongate lineage. The 12 animals form of Wudang Xingyi relates to the 12 animals, dragon, bear, hawk, rooster, monkey, horse, tiger, snake, crocodile, swallow, crane, and pigeon.

Six harmonies of Wudang Kung Fu

Most often the six harmonies are related to Xingyiquan and for this reason we list them here. Nevertheless the six harmonies are important and substantial for all of the Wudang Kungfu styles. The six harmonies are so important for the development of a full-body-motion and full-body-force that many kinds of sports could benefit getting better body and motion-structure from researching the principles of the six harmonies.

The three external harmonies

  • Jian yu kua he - shoulder-hip-harmony
  • Shou yu zu he - hands-feet-harmony
  • Zhou yu xi he - elbow-knee-harmony

The three internal harmonies

  • Qi yu li he - qi- strength / power - harmony
  • Xin yu yi he - heart/emotion-mind/will-harmony
  • Yi yu qi he - mind/will-qi/vital energy-harmony

Wudang sword

Wudang sword - supreme discipline of Wudang martial arts

The Wudang sword is considered to be one of the three precious heritages of Wudang Kungfu: inner elixir, Taijiquan and sword. Since the old times the fine arts of Wudang sword are representative treasures of Wudangs traditional martial abilities. Since ancient times, not only in Daoist circumstances, in china the sword is known as the king of weapon.

The character of its use has always been one very artful and filigree. Traditionally the highly advanced art of the sword was one of the last arts that were taught to Wudang disciples. The tradition of the Wudang sword is still alive at the Wudang Dragongate Kungfu School and will be taught to anyone who is willing to dedicated training.

The art of using the sword as a weapon, as an extended arm and as a very important cultural symbol will be handed down with most possible care. For practitioners the sword training will improve concentration and develop a precise awareness to wield the filigree sword. The use of the sword will bring a much advanced ability in the delicate use of any sophisticated weapon.

Wudang Xuanwu sword video

Sword vs. horsetail whisk video

Wudang Health Qigong & Yangsheng

Wudang Qi Gong, one of the deciding sources

In the history and development of Daoist arts, theories and sciences Wudang and its Daoist culture is one of the most deciding sources of all. In terms of Qi Gong and health prevention it already originated uncountable kinds of Qi Gong skills. Wudang Qi Gong itself is only a little part of the more general field of Daoist health prevention or life-regimen, called yangshenggong.

The yangshenggong covers many needs of lifestyle or life-management knowledge, beginning from how to eat with dietetics or hygiene, psychological skills, the actual Qi Gong sets, meditation etc. The research and cultivation methods of the old Daoists were always motivated by prolonging life.

Yin and Yang in Qi Gong

The idea of Yin and Yang together with a dualistic world view led to the insight that only a holistic practice of all parts of yangshenggong resulted in a highly improved and stabilized psychophysical health. So, a healthy lifestyle needs much more than only a good Qi Gong exercise. But it can help to get a sense for it and give a big impact on your life.

To learn many other aspects of life is a matter of time and a good role model or master. In fact only living in our school enables students to find out about it, because many of its secrets are found in the routine and discipline of the daily life at the school which are set by Master Wang.

Qi Gong in our school

Master Wangs students can choose between a great choice of Qi Gong emphasizing different aspects like: health improvement, physical or mental strength, healing of misbalanced energies, in- and external conditioning or fighting purposes. Most often the practice of Qi Gong results in a mix of different benefits, but with a different focus.

13 dragon stances

Ten Daoist steps

Wudang meditation

Wudang meditation, the Daoist cultivation of the inner elixir

Legends about Wudang sages and masters refer to their great skills in meditation or their level of spiritual cultivation. Truly a very big part of Daoist cultivation leads without a doubt through meditation. Many physical skills like Taijiquan result in better health and bridge between sessions of deep meditation. They are of great value and have meditative aspects, but are far less used for the actual cultivation.

Daoist practice always emphasizes balance of body-mind and soul. Meditation is a mental skill, but aims on a better balance of ones in- and outside. Your spiritual revolution and your full potential of psychophysical strength is the result of the conversion the three treasures. Turn Jing, the essence into Qi, the energy, then Qi into Shen, the spirit and then Shen into Xu, the nothingness. With the last step you will travel from nothingness back to the Dao, the source of all.

The way that leads to more spiritual satisfaction and connects you with the infinite universe is the way in which you will practice meditation. Master Wang teaches Wudang Daoist meditation, Inner Elixir and many other meditative skills for different purposes like self-healing, mind control, healing of certain diseases, and mental or energetic disbalances.

Wudang forest meditation video

Wudang Daoist meditation videos

Wudang Daoist meditation and Qigong ceremony video

Wang Xing Qing

Master Wang has been teaching foreign students since more than 20 years. Our teachings are highly individual and the lessons will be adapted to the students abilities and interests. The fact that Master Wang was born in Wudang turns him into a very valuable source preserving traditions that are still very rare and once feared to be gone forever. He will explain traditions, history, changings, lineages and the different elements of Wudang Kung Fu like Tai Ji, Xingyi, Bagua, Qi Gong and meditation.

He was raised through the secret guidance of his first master Jia He Xuan, who taught him the old original style of Wudang internal martial arts and Kungfu. Now ever since his early childhood he is practicing the Daoist arts of Wudang. He is a contemporary witness of all of the late development of Wudang culture and history, which after the cultural revolution is slowly regaining its important role for the Chinese culture.

He is openly teaching his profound knowledge to everyone who is really interested and dedicated. The Wudang Dragongate Kungfu School is unique because of its richness in lineages and traditions that were handed down to Master Wang by two generations of the old and highly honored grandmasters of Wudang. Master Wangs arts are not resurrected, but still handed down without interruption.

They are preserved carefully and therefore expected to maintain in honorable tradition. Master Wang is handing down traditions of mainly three lineages: While he is most representative for the dragongate lineage (longmen pai, 25th generation), he also teaches a huge amount of the pure yang (chunyang pai) and the Songxi Pai traditions in the 23rd and 13th generation. It is Master Wangs important concern to teach the Wudang arts in a holistic manner.

He will not only emphasize on fighting and applications or beautiful forms and weapons training, but also try to wake up your sensitivity for all that is important to the holistic Wudang traditions. Master Wang always teach individually to satisfy everybody's needs, but also try to give a complete introduction to what makes Wudang Kung Fu an experience of health improvement for body, mind and soul.

Master Wang's videos

Wudang Dragongate Kungfu School

With 15 years experience since 1999 the Wudang Dragongate Kungfu School is an exceptional place for people of all kinds of interests in traditional Wudang Daoist martial arts. Wudang Kung Fu is known for its diversity of skills. Everybody can start and learn it. Slow and fast, soft and hard, simple and complex is changing as fast as the natural changings of Yin and Yang.

No matter if you are young or old, we have always the right exercises for everyone: Tough and hard work out, rehabilitating regimen, self-defense, weapons of all kinds, all main internal martial arts such as Taiji, Bagua, Xingyi, but also Qi Gong and meditation in combination with lots of Wudang Daoist traditions. You will find external practice as well as internal cultivation.

The Wudang Dragongate Kungfu School (Wudangshan Chuanzhen Wushu Institute) is situated in the Wudang Mountains at a beautiful spot called the plum valley. The precise location is at the bottom of the eastern side of holy Daoist Mount Wudang just next to the vast stretches of Taichi Lake.

Far enough from the crowds of Wudang town you can concentrate on your practice of Wudang Kung Fu, Taiji, Qi Gong and all the other cultivation arts. With the public bus there is very good access to both the mountain gate and the town. The location of the school offers the perfect balance between a calm retreat and pleasing convenience.

The schools compound is settled between thick forested hills with a breathtaking view of Wudangs golden top. A good fengshui, of backing mountains and flowing water in the front, provides good balanced energies at the school.

The training grounds are huge. Everybody has enough space for any kind of exercises. Newly furnished in autumn 2011 the school comes with proper western standards such as: western toilets, high-speed internet access, air condition, and nice furniture.

History Of Wudang Dragongate Kungfu School (Chuanzhen Wushu Yuan)

Master Wang who was born in Wudangshan studied internal Wudang Kung Fu throughout his life. In the 80s, however, he felt the need to enlarge his knowledge about Kung Fu outside of Wudang. On his travels he went to many different places from northeast china to canton in the very south.

Even when he focused on internal Daoist Kung Fu, he has also lived at the Shaolin Temple for more than a whole year. At the Shaolin Temple he taught Wudang Kung Fu and Taijiquan and learned Shaolin Kung Fu in return. After he came back to Wudang in the early 90s he followed the official call and started to teach Wudang Kung Fu to the public.

In 1999 he opened his own school and founded the Wudangshan Chuanzhen Wushu Yuan (Wudang Dragongate Kungfu School) as well as the Exchange And Research Center Of Wudang Martial Arts Culture. Both institutes made a lot of efforts to spread Wudang Kung Fu and preserve its traditional origin. Since that time countless students from China and abroad came to the school.

All students practiced in their own individual and different ways, pleased by the fact that Wudang Kung Fu has to offer things for everybody. They all found out that Wudang has things to give them all, because it is so versatile as well as flexible to be adapted on everybody's needs. From 2005 - 2011 the first school moved to Yangjiafan at the end of Wudangshan town to enjoy a much bigger compound with a garden.

But it wasnt until autumn 2011 when Master Wang finally realized his dream to open his very own school in his own property. Now, his new school is situated in the beautiful and calm plum valley, where it is surrounded by nature. It is near the Taiji lake at the bottom of holy Daoist mountain Wudangshan and consists of a garden, a huge pond and more than enough space for the Kung Fu training.

The mountain school was first opened in 2007 and since then was more or less used as a retreat during the warmer periods of spring, summer and autumn. The mountain school still is a place to regularly lead students who seek for the more concentrated and conscious kind of cultivation practice.

Academy videos

Wudang Dragongate Kungfu Retreat Center

By now the Mountain Retreat Center of the Wudang Dragongate Kungfu School is not a second school. It is an occasional retreat for students at the weekends. During the warmer seasons of spring, summer and autumn Master Wang will use it to give intensive lessons to all interested students.

The training will be of more concentrated character and less talking. Emphasis on meditative parts and conscious training of Wudang Taiji, Bagua, Xingyi, meditation and health Qi Gong. In 2013, the school was renovated in order to provide basic accommodation in dorm rooms. Food is now more simple and the whole lifestyle more rough, but full of authentic experiences in terms of the old traditions of Wudang Daoist regimen.

The mountain school is settled at laojuntang, the laozi hall, half way up to the top in the middle of the mountains. From here it is just a short walk to the huge prince slope, eight immortals temple, laozi cave and needle grinding well. It is a good base to explore all of Wudangs great sights.

Center video

Course preparation

Wudang Daoism culture

Wudang Daoism (Wu Tang Taoism) is a very special kind of cultural phenomenon which cannot easily be found elsewhere in the world. Wudang Daoism can not only be defined by its religion. With its philosophy or old Chinese sciences related to Daoism, researching the laws, cycles and wonders of the great nature, it goes far beyond its religious borders. The important foundation of Daoism is entitled as Dao Jia (Tao Chia), which professional western researchers call the primary Daoist (Taoist) philosophy.

Wudang Daoism culture origin

The early foundation is known as "Lao-Zhuang-Xue" (Lao-Zhuang-Studies) and is considered as the field of research on the philosophies of the two books of Laozi (Lao Tse) and Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu). But again thats not all, because medicine, the practice of Kung Fu and health prevention like Qi Gong are all inseparably connected and related to Wudang Daoism. To practice of any field of Wudang Daoism will bring the basic knowledge about all or at least many other fields of study in Wudang Daoism.

Universal principles and systems, like the polarism of yin and yang, the five elements and eight trigrams, form the typical systematic interdisciplinary structures of Wudang Daoism. It is profound and holistic and its practitioners were always seeking for the universal way of cultivating themselves. Professionalism on certain fields was known, but avoided when it constricted ones mind. Ideals were always naturalness and a holistic approach.

Wudang Daoism culture influences

Just like most of the other Daoist traditions, Wudang Daoism way significantly influenced by the longmen pai tradition, the dragongate lineage of Qiu Chu Ji, who started with its characteristically task to preserve the Chinese culture. It all started with the occupation of China by the Mongols when Qiu Chu Ji saved a lot of his countrymen from the random killing of civilists by the Mongol warriors.

He went very far from the white clouds temple in Beijing (at that time: Eternal Spring Temple) through the desert of Gobi to meet Genghis Khan (Jenghis Khan) the Mongolian emperor. He asked Genghis Khan for sanity and convinced him to stop the indiscriminate massacre of his armies and advised him to earn respect from the Chinese citizens through benevolence rather than mercilessness. Afterwards Qiu Chu Ji earned a lot of respect from the Mongol conqueror and was appointed as the minister of culture under the Mongolian reign in China.

Luckily being in this function he was able to save lots of the Chinese culture from being wiped out, which would have happened if a Mongolian would have been in charge of the ministry of culture. Ever since that time the dragongate lineage (longmen pai) made great efforts to preserve the Chinese culture. The result of this task is that we find the typical hair dots, the white socks and many other things of Chinese culture still preserved in Daoism. These features were all part of the general Chinese folk culture.

Wudang Daoism culture at present

They werent originally related to Daoism, but rather from letting them dissolve they have preserved it in the Daoist tradition of the dragongate lineage. Since this lineage is by far the biggest throughout china it has influenced all other lineages. The fact that we find Confucianism and Buddhism is also a result from the efforts of this tradition. These very important parts of Chinese scholarship, philosophy and religion were all adopted by Daoism.

But even more cultural aspects are part of this development: Chinese tea culture, singing, music with ancient instruments, feng shui, qigong and medicine etc. A direct connection to Daoism wasnt necessarily required. Through all the time the incorporated arts and cultures have been influenced by the Wudang Daoist traditions or Daoism in general as well as the other way around.

Culture videos

Fitness

Mind amount and intensity of your training here in our school and try to prepare for it with running, fitness, stretching, etc. But relax! Training will be adapted to your individual condition.

Language

Think of learning some Chinese in advance If not, be sure to take your lifesaving dictionary with you wherever you go. In China it is still hard to find good english speakers.

  • Master Wang Xing Qing

    Master Wang always teach individually to satisfy everybody's needs, but also try to give a complete introduction to what makes wudang kungfu an experience of health improvement for body, mind and soul.

Mount Wudang - Unesco World Heritage site

Mount Wudang is located in central China, just in the middle of a belt formed by the major cities of Wuhan, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing and Changsha. It is the most important site of Daoist pilgrimage. It is the birthplace of the popular ancient martial art Taijiquan, known as shadowboxing or Taichi. Furthermore it is a place of a great wealth of ancient Chinese cultural heritage. The Daoist monasteries and lineages managed to preserve a lot of Chinese culture which had died out elsewhere.

Besides the Unesco title as a World Heritage, which added the Wudang Mountains as one of the world heritage sites in 1994, the wonderful Wudang mountains were assigned numerous other national and international titles, proving it as a valuable place for pilgrimage, religion, culture, tourism and health regimen. The cultural treasures of Wudang emerge from the Daoist culture and religion. During a visit in Wudang, travelers can see that there is a lot of old culture and knowledge.

One will realize that Daoist culture is embedded in thousands of years old tradition passed down until today. In Wudang we can consider ourselves lucky, to be able to find the well preserved Daoist culture flourishing again. It is always wonderful to see, how even difficult times and political throwbacks cannot destroy a great culture. Besides the great architecture it is the profound Daoism which surely deserves its part as a world heritage culture.

In the beginning of its cultural history, the Wudang Mountain, were called Taihe Shan mountain of highest harmony or Xuanyue mysterious mountain. With its 72 peaks, the mountain range covers an area of more than 400 km. With an elevation of 1612 m above sea level, the highest peak is the heavenly pillar summit, including also the most sacred shrine and palace in Wudang, Jinding the golden hall.

Wudang culture consists of Daoist philosophy and the facets of religious arts and crafts, such as music, martial arts, ritual customs, herbal medicine and much more. The protection of mainly the cultural heritage sites but also the greater Wudang culture by the UNESCO, such as the imperial monasteries, palaces and temples, settled almost across the entire mountain area, form the essential foundation for the preservation of Wudang culture.

List of preserved palaces and temples in Wudang Mountain

  • Fuzhen Guan / Taizipo - Temple Of The Returning True Warrior / Prince Slope
  • Jinding - Golden Top /Hall
  • Jingle Gong - Palace Of Silent Happiness
  • Nanyan Gong - Southern Rock Palace
  • Taihe Gong - Palace Of The Highest Harmony
  • Wulong Gong - Five Dragon Palace
  • Yuxu Gong - Empty Jade Palace
  • Yuzhen Gong - Meeting The True Warrior Palace
  • Zhong Guan - Middle Temple Of Qiongtai
  • Zixiao Gong - Purple Heaven Palace and many more.
General
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant nearby
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance
  • Tour assistance nearby

Boat trips: Enjoy your time with a boat trip on the vast stretches of Taiji lake, China's biggest man-made lake.

Dining: Explore the countless restaurants and food stalls or the barbeque at the night market of Wudangshan.

Exploring Wudang: Enjoy 1-3 day trips to mount Wudang with all of its sights with Master Wang as your guide.

Fishing at our pond: Follow Master Wang's invitation to do some fishing at the school own lake on free Mondays.

Medical treatment: The school offers more services for health improvement, prevention and different kinds of therapies and introduces to a great choice of befriended and capable doctors.

River rafting: A 30 minutes bus ride from the gate of our school brings you to the town of langhe where there are some kilometers of fun river rafting adventure waiting for you.

School family: Enjoy you day off reading, contemplating, studying the dao, writing to family and friends and dive into the calm atmosphere of the Wudang Dragongate Kungfu School doing nothing more than live a simple life.

Surroundings: Walk in the great nature and explore the world of Wudang farmers all around the school.

Swimming: Go swimming at the various nice spots of natural pools and waterfalls or even refresh your senses in the schools own waterfall site.

Theatre: In the town of Wudangshan there is plenty to do for leisure time: Karaoke, museum, theatre, Chinese opera, cinema and even amusement halls can be found in this little town.

Contact us to arrange your trip: As Wudang is situated in the very heart of china there are countless of options to head out in the eight directions leading you to great sights everywhere. The school can help you with the arrangements of your trips. Contact us for more information.

There are two ways for foreigners to travel to Wudang. One is by train and one via flight to Xiangyang. However we often recommend taking the train, because it is convenient and cheap and offers also many different starting and arrival time options for there are always more trains to choose from. If you have only short time, but enough funds, you should better take the flight option for you will really safe a whole day.

Arrival by airplane

Fly to Beijing (Peking), Shanghai or Hong Kong (or also Xian, Guangzhou, Chengdu or Wuhan)

From there take a connection flight to a. Xiangyang former Xiangfan (Xiangyang Luiji Airport (IATA: XFN, ICAO: ZHXF) or alternatively to b. Xi'an (Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (IATA: XIY, ICAO: ZLXY).

Take care to not confuse the two different destinations a. and b..

From both destinations there are express buses to Wudangshan.

We provide free pick up service from the bus station in Wudang. Tell us in advance and we can arrange. For an extra charge we provide an optional pick-up-service from the airport in Xiangyang, which should always be the first choice airport destination for you.

Arrival by train

There are good connections from Beijing (peking) and Shanghai, but there also is a connection from Hong Kong via Guangzhou (Canton) or Shenzhen. Travelling by railway in china is convenient and very cheap with a hard sleeper. With the 4-bed soft sleeper ticket it is luxury and as well very affordable. Train trips from all of the three cities will take around 15-20 hours, giving you enough time to relax, try your Chinese, read and watch half of chinas countryside through the window.

Trains from Beijing

Trains from Shanghai

Trains from Guangzhou

to Wudang: K279; K507

to Wudang: K123; K351

no direct train to Wudang

to Shiyan (next city): T9; K261; K117

to Shiyan (next city): K1153; K1157

to Shiyan (next city): K767; K1173

There are some more trains available and the number is rising so check for updates yourself or ask us. Of course there are also many trains going to Wudang from many other places around in china. Have a look at the train schedule within our websites travel support. We provide free pick-up-service from Wudangshan Train Station.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Wudang Dragongate Kungfu School an inquiry.
  • Review by Pete
    10 out of 10

    "The Wudang Dragongate Kungfu School is an amazing place to study the martial arts of the Wudang style. It is authentic, the master is very patient and skillful, the coaches are great and the school's surroundings are breathtaking."

    "Looking forward to be back with you guys!"

    "Special thanks to Master Wang, coach Wang E, coach Peng Tao and the foreign community with Chong Long from Germany, Chong Yuan from Mexico and all the others. Wudangshan was a very special and positive experience for me."

    "Zaijian!"

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  • Review by Chen Shun Bin from Shanxi, China

    "It was only here that I understood the true meaning of hard training in martial arts and its positive impacts on my personal development. Studying Wudang Martial Arts it meant to me learn about myself frist. The Master places great value on character building throughout the entire training process. I studied a lot of different aspects of Wudang Martial Arts, so as Wudang Fist, Tai Ji Quan, Ba Gua, Xing Yi, Sword, Qi Gong as well their applications. I became to understand the positive effects of internal martial arts on my life. I also successfully participated in international martial arts tournaments. I want to thank the Master for his kindness and his supervision. As a coach in his school I want to do my best to promote Wudang Martial Arts throughout the world."

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  • Review by Georgia Blancher from New Caledonia, France

    "2007 I spend ten days in the Chuanzhen Wushu Institute in Wudang Shan. I learned two taolus: San Feng Tai Chi and Shi Ba Shi 18-Steps Wudang Boxing. It was a too short time for such a fulltime program. But practicing six hours a day with serious and a good ambiance made my efforts very pleasant and efficient. Master Wang also accompained us to a nice trip up taoist mount wudang. It was a great experience which changed my vision of wushu: now I practice with someone and not against someone with suppleness, but not with hardness."

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  • Review by Tang Dun from Shanxi, China

    "The very sentence, that I could fulfill my dreams of true martial arts practice in the Chuanzhen Martial Arts Institute, may be the best way to express my feelings. I participated in international martial arts tournaments with good results many times. From my present point of view I can truly say, that all the hard training and the pouring blood, sweat and tears were worth it. I want to thank the Master for his teachings."

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  • Review by Zuo Shun Jing from Hubei, China

    "In the beginning I was not interested in internal martial arts and I doubted the principles of being soft and slow. But through the supervision of the Master I understood these very principles more and more. Since then I am really excited about Wudang Martial Arts. I think that I is a combat art really practical use. Wushu can be a good foundation for a proper way of life. I hope that Master Wangs school has a bright future and that many people can benefit from his teachings."

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  • Review by Daniel Collet from New Caledonia, France

    "After some years of practice of different styles of gongfu, our teacher organised with another school a stay in Wudangshan in Chuanzhen Wushu Institute with Master Wang. Why coming here? Because our gongfu teacher made several trips to China to find an authentic wushu school, and after months and months of visiting the most popular areas for gongfu, he found out that Master Wang Xing Qing offered an authentic teaching of wudang gongfu, and he was also a very kind person.So we discovered here a very rich teaching, good for health (my back pains disappeared after a few days of training) and very spiritual with the taoist background. Master Wang is so impressive when he moves, his body moves like water which is fluent and strong at the same time. Unfortunately we could not stay longer than two weeks, but now my wish is to come back to learn more. Thanks to Master Wang and Chen Bin, our wonderful instructor."

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  • Review by Katharina from German

    "Studying kungfu in Wudang was the most impressive time in my whole life. I have learned a lot, but not only kungfu, I also attained a better understanding of my self. After all I went home with a focused mind, feeling very strong and being self-confident. Master Wang was always kind and treated me good. Before I came to Wudang I did not know much about kungfu and never practiced it before. I only had some experience in Japanese karate. From the very beginning of my stay I was open minded to this new martial art and now I am happy, that I was able getting to know this versatile and well-rounded style called Wudang kungfu. Master Wang is a great teacher and I still do not how he managed to teach me a long difficult sword form in just three weeks. Sure there were some misunderstandings because of the language and Master Wang hardly speaks any English, but with his powerful mind and great movements, he don't need to explain. His instructions are of an unmistakable manner. When I did not understand something, he showed the postures again and again, just until I got it right. The school is not huge and has got a feeling of a nice small community. I guess it is better this way, Master Wang might have not that much time for his students anymore , if there would be more than fifty students. During my stay I experienced much more than only kungfu. We went fishing and moved many times to the top of the mountain and to the mountain school at Laozi Hall. It is such a lovely and peaceful place up there and Master Wang always knew good stories to tell. He taught us the whole time and devotedly explained the story and the uniqueness of Wudang and its kungfu. I loved Wudang and I never had a more untroubled time before and after. I am very gratefulness for Master Wangs teachings. Thanks and greetings also to his lovely family, who always tried to make my stay as comfortable as possible. Special thanks to Shiniang, the masters wife, because I love her food."

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  • Review by Peng Tao from Hubei, China

    "Although the training sessions are really tough and exhausting I enjoy them. I could often participate in international tournaments and usually rank first. My performance at school is quite good too. With the help of the Master and my teacher I am among the best students in school. Our life in the Chuanzhen Martial Arts institute is varied. In our free time we have the possibilities to play basketball, table-tennis, chess and much more."

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  • Review by Kaya from Turkey

    "My name is Kaya Erdal and I practice kungfu since I was 12 years old. I first started with shaolin kungfu and visited shaolin when I was 15. But shaolin disappointed me, cause it was much too commercial and the masters were hungry for money and greedy! During my time in shaolin, 2000, I visited Wudang for 5 days. I was very impressed, but first off I thought Wudang is just about Taichi, but it was more! They practice everything I could imagine, so I wanted to stay, but I promised my Shaolin master to be back on time! In the year 2005 I decided to go to Wudang shan to visit my friend Benjamin. That was the first time I got to know master Wang. In that year he taught kungfu in the old little school, but it was a very nice experience. The workout began in the early morning and ended in the evening. First I had my problems with the difference between Shaolin and Wudang kungfu. In Shaolin kungfu you are a lot under tension and the movements are hard and strong all the time. On the other hand Wudang kungfu is very soft, smooth, but powerful too. It's tough to be in a deep-stance and look relaxed :) "

    "But Master Wang showed me how to do it. I changed style and I found my new master. I learned the most difficult Wudang technique: Ba Gua, it is much more than a technique. You've got to start at the beginning practicing basics over and over again. I loved it, because I like practicing a lot. In 2007 I decided to visit master again with Jan, a good friend of mine. Master Wang changed school and it was amazing to see, how nice and beautiful the new school is. Now he got two schools one in the city and one up on the mountain. This time we learned 13-steps Sanfeng Taichi and Wudang Duanda Xuanwu quan. I had a wonderful time. Master Wang was more motivated than ever to teach traditional Wudang kungfu. We practiced a lot and he told us a lot about Wudang kungfu. One day we went up to the mountain school and we enjoyed the view. Master Wang showed us some techniques and behind him the most beautiful landscape of mount Wudang. Thanks a lot Master Wang. We'll be back next years!"

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  • Review by Jan from German

    "My trip to the origins of internal Kungfu: It was not until the age of 25 that I discovered martial arts, and even though my Rookie age was certainly higher than average I soon developed a passion I have never experienced before. Since that time I have practiced almost every day. After two years of training, the time had come to make a dream come true that every kungfu practitioner has - a journey to china. Me and Kaya, who is my fellow and my best friend, have picked Master Wang and his wushu school because Master Wang offers the traditional way of kungfu and emphasizes traditional values. Usually Master Wang takes care of the training himself and gives full attention to each pupil to help them improving their skills. The standard is very high and so are the masters expectations. The training is intense and requires constant focus, but soon the hard work will turn into great improvement and the success is definitely worth the effort. Time flies and my time in Wudang was a great experience - memories I will never forget."

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  • Review by Benjamin from German

    "I first experienced the traditional martial arts taught by master Wang in early 2004. I was amazed by the simpleness of this great master being a practitioner at a level this advanced. Through the years his abilities never lost in value for me in my training. There is still enough content for years of practice. Now after my initiation, when I became part of the Longmen Dragongate lineage, I can really understand the Chinese words "studies have no ending" in the context of martial arts. It means that I will never attain a perfect level and always be able to make more progress. It is the way itself that counts, nothing else and the key is perseverance. For me Wudang martial arts became a part of my now "better" life. I have never met someone, who thought of Wudang training methods to be nonsense, useless or bad for the health. Through my experiences I only feel in good shape and I am getting better every new day I practice this art. It seems that many students in wudang share the same feeling about it. With this daoist culture, an universal of knowledge opened to me and I can only recommend it for everybody interested in a holistic system based on health prevention, unity of body, mind and soul as well as applicability. Master Wang is one of the few real Wudang masters. I am happy and honored that I met him and to be his disciple. Regarding to the wushu which is taught here, I can say that one will feel that the forms and exercises for health, fighting, qi control, meditation and workout came all out of one origin. This quality is good for students who succesfully make progress and learn more and more of the lineages system, because many parallels and similarities of theory and practice appear here and there. Everything refers to the big unifying principles of the old daoists. Additionally wushu training here is varied and I as a martial artist never became bored."

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  • Review by Jin Chuan Bin from Zhejiang, China

    "Because I were fat, didn’t want to visit college, often prowled along the streets with my friends and actually never really achieved something, my parents had no choice, but to send me to a Wudang kungfu school. There they would teach me discipline and morals, they said. Just upon arrival the Master told me that if one wants to study true martial arts one has to be dedicated and practice hard every day. Although I am only a few months under the supervision of the master, the young boy, who was always a twisted kid, already changed to a reasonable person and practices very hard. The Master follows a very faithful and strict method of teaching. We have to repeat single movements very often until we really understood them properly. Now I am already quite thin and my body becomes strong and enduring."

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  • Review by Li Shuang Qiang from Hubei, China

    "I really love to fulfill my dream being a martial artist. Only since I am practicing here in the Chuanzhen Martial Arts Institute I really have the feeling, that my dream became true. The martial arts training and school lessons occupy much time and therefor I have hardly any free time. In the beginning I couldn’t stand this intense life and I wanted to return to my home. Then I slowly got used to this new lifestyle. Now I’ve already studied a variety of Wu dang martial arts, such as Duanda, staff, Ba Gua, Xuanwu sword and Wudang boxing forms. Learning here was good form e becoming a person with good values and attitudes. I want to thank the Master, the teachers and my kungfu brothers and sisters for having a rich time already."

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  • Review by Li Yan Fei from Sichuan

    "I studied Martial Arts in the Shaolin Temple for seven years. I always knew about wudang kungfu, but it was only when I came here that I truly understood what makes the internal martial arts of the mount Wudang so special. In the beginning I could not really adapt to this new type of Martial Arts, I couldn’t get into such principle ideas as relaxing one’s body and performing soft movements. It was only afterwards when the Master continuously threw and pushed me meters away during application exercises that I truly understood the real meaning of smooth and fluent Taichi. Since then I became more and more interested in Wudang Martial Arts."

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  • Review by Hanno from German

    "I began my journey in Martial Arts around six years ago. I studied Seven Star Praying Mantis Kungfu, an external kind of chinese kungfu, for some years. But with reading old books and sayings I got curious about the secrets of internal martial arts. Of course I heard about those principles such as being smooth and fluent in one’s spirit and movements, but I was never able to actually applicate these principles in my training. During my studies in Beijing I began to practice Chen Tai Chi and slightly began to understand the inner power of chinese kungfu. But it was only here in the Chuanzhen Martial Arts Institute that I understood the meaning of internal martial arts from within myself. Of course I am still not an expert, but I think that while undergoing the Master’s supervision I theoretically understood the basic principles and applications. The use those princples properly is another sotry i guess. From all my experiences regarding my martial arts training the time here in Wudang was the most profound. I believe that everybody has the possibilty to experience an authentic flair of kungfu here in the Wudang Mountains. Thanks to Master Wang for guiding and teaching me."

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  • Review by Oliver from German

    "I loved to be in the Chuanzhen Wushu School and fullfil the first part of my dream connecting an extraordinary passion for the Chinese arts with the profession of a Taichi teacher. When everything is carefully arranged, I will definitely start a full education for several years in the institute of Master Wang. For the time being I am already enjoying the fun of my daily training at home and the benefits resulting from the wonderful holistic martial arts of Wudang Kungfu. To everybody who come here: "Be careful Kungfu is addictive" *laugh*. Greetings to everybody in the Chuanzhen Wushu School. See you all soon! Yours Oliver"

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  • Review by David from France

    "We arrived in wudang on August 2013 thinking of going to a school recommended by my french teacher. But nobody was here to take us to the school we intented to go. Then we saw an advertisement of Master Wang's school and a phone number. We made a call and had Benjamin on phone who speaks english. He told us that he and Master Wang will pick us up from the wudang railway Station. Then we arrived at Master Wang's school and there we were well welcomed with and than chatted with master Wang and Benjamin.They show us our room, which was very clean and we were able to get many services (Wifi, air conditionner, beds, toilet, everything we need for a good price). Master Wang asked us then about what we wanted to study, and we got a good program set up that would be our training schedule during our stay there. After the visit, it was time to eat. The chinese food was very good, fresh and varied, and we ate watever we wanted to. It was nice to meet so early, the other strangers students whom we yet get along with.The next day in the morning we started to train with basic training (the good point it's that we could choose if we want to train early in the morning (at 5am), moreover we could choose to have a day off if we inform Master Wang early enough in advance). The training was versatile and we could learn Bagua Zhang, Taijiquan, Qiqong, Weapons etc. Master Wang and the other instructors were very patients and good educators. They teached us over and over the same movement until we finally got it.I spend some time in Shaolin too, and there I didn't feel the calmness and the deep teaching that I found in Wudang.We have had a great time around there. In addition to the training we have had the chance to visit wudangs moutains, temples and jungles together with the other students and sometimes even with Master Wang. A great atmosphere was built with the students and it was great to share the training, the knowledge and hang out together with the other students. I recommend this school for the quality of the teaching and the big choice of instructions available!"

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  • Review by Janka from Solwakia

    " I have only good things to say about this school and Master Wang. After I was left stranded on the streets of Wudang with nowhere to go Master Wang and Benjamin literally saved me... I arrived to China to train at the school which posted very opposing information on their website to the reality. The Dragongate Kungfu school is EXACTLY what they advertise they are. Training was hard, but it was what I went there for - to train hard and learn as much as possible. I got what I wanted... and more. Met amazing people, learned a lot about Chinese culture which is not possible at bigger mostly international schools. True Chinese authenticity of this school is what I valued the most. I am definitely planning to come back for more training as soon as possible!"

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  • Review by Jeffrey from USA

    "Training at the Traditional Wudang Dragon Gate Kung Fu School was a great experience that I wouldn't change for the world. It is a great learning environment. Throughout the three months of study, I felt that I was always gaining new insights and learning new things from stuff that I was not expecting to learn, or was there to learn for. Difficult to talk about because it's more on the experiential side of things. The coaches are great and genuine, and I felt motivated and inspired by them during my time at the school. The cooking is fantastic, and I miss their breakfast, lunch, and dinner already. I am very thankful for all of the students, the coaches, and Master Wang. I wish the best to everyone and to all future students. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Lukas Weber from Austria

    "When I came to the Wudang Dragongate Kungfu-School my goal was to get a glimpse of the Wudang Taijiquan, which I wanted to write an article about. Together with my father I trained in the plum valley for one week, and although our time there was regretably short, we enjoyed it just the more. The food was nice, the people friendly, and most importantly: the training had an incredibly good impact on my physical condition. The few daoist steps that I learned during my short stay are now part of my daily morning routine and they are of high value to me. In the end I found myself not only writing about Wudang martial arts, but also about Master Wang and his school, who left a big impression on me. The only sad part about my stay is, that it was too short to get to the core of the appealing daoist lifestyle. But maybe that week was only the beginning"

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  • Review by Malin and Joakim from Sweden

    "We are a couple from Sweden who came to Wudangshan to practice at this Kungfu School for one week in the beginning of November 2012. We did not have any experience before and it was just a coincidence that we find this place. We took our time to explore this place and it is the best that we have done so far on this trip, it is a wonderful place and we will recommend it for other people to do. We love to train and we practiced six hours, almost every day here and the day off from training we climbed Mount Wudang and it was a wonderful day and we had really fun all day long.And the view from the Mountain was amazing! Master Wang is a very good teacher, even if we can not speak Chinese, he could teach us anyway and he showed slowly how to do, he was very patient with us and showed again and again, until we did it right. The other students/teachers were also really nice and struggled with us, so we want to thank you all for your kindness and especially Master Wang and Benjamin. Every day we were served three meals and the food was soooo good and healthy, perfect cooking!A new favorite is binzi, steamed wheat bread filled with vegetables or sirup. The schools surrounding area is very beautiful and it is mandarin trees everywhere, we came in the right time when they picked them, so we ate a lot of mandarins and drank mandarintea. Five oclock one early, cold and silent morning we ran up the hill with the moon shining in our backs, that was a really nice morning and also the mornings when we did standing meditation.Overall it was a lovely experience and we would love to do it again, but next time in the summer so we can see the landscape from that side. And I think you should stay longer so you can learn more and feel even healthier afterwards, if it is possible to do that. We say that everything is beautiful and lovely and it is, we promise, you see it yourself, so take your time and explore the Kungfu of Wudangshan here!"

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Hubei, China

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