Wudang Mountain, also called Taihe Mountain, is located in the northwestern Hubei Province. Wudang Mountain may be the most famous Taoist holy site in China as well as in the world. The Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains has been on the World Heritage List since 1994 as a unique land to spread Chinese Taoist culture.
Mount Wudang covers an area of 321 square kilometers wide, with very rich beautiful sceneries and culture relics. The main tourist resorts include: three ponds, nine springs, nine wells, nine platforms, ten pools, ten stones, eleven caves, thirty six cliffs and seventy two peaks, all of them compose incomparable Chinese traditional mount-water drawings.
? Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountain
The ancient buildings in Wudang Mountain have been famous in the world for their beauty, size, and grandeur, so that Wudang Mountain was taken onto the list of World Cultural Legacy by UNESCO on December 17, 1994.
Most of the ancient buildings, devised and planed according to the legend of Zhenwu's self-cultivation, assembled all the traditional building skills, and revealed that emperors' rightful power and great and solemn Heaven. They also have shown that Taoism worships nature, to the extent of contributing great and beautiful royal palaces, mysterious and wonderful Taoism, quiet and classic gardens, and other features. The ancient buildings, the reflection of ancient scheme, plan and architecture, are also a wonder in the history of world buildings, especially the highly harmonious unity of artificial buildings and natural view-sites, gives reason to surprise all the people in the world.
? Wudang Culture
The Wudang culture consists of Taoist philosophy and the facets of religious arts and crafts, such as music, martial arts, ritual customs, herbal medicine and much more. The cultural heritage sites, protected 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 the Wudang culture.
Mt. Wudang is renowned as Immortals' Mountain of Taoism and the World for Swordsman. It is a famous Taoist center in China with a long history of Taoist practice and a profound Taoist culture. It is also well-known for its deep-rooted tradition of wushu (martial arts).
? How to Get There
By air: there is no direct flight to Mt. Wudang Scenic Area. But flights from some big cities such as Beijing,Guangzhou and Xian can reach to the Laohekou Airport (90km from Wudang Mount), Xiangfan Airport(180km from Wudang Mountain), and Wuhan Airport (500km from Wudang Mount).
By bus: No. 316 national way and No. 209 national way go through Wudang District. And people can get bus to Wudang Mount from Shiyan city, Danjiang city and Xiangfan city.
By train: Xiangfan – Chengdu railway go through the Wudang Scenic Area. And the near railway station includes: Wuhan Station and Shiyan Station. There are more than 40 trains to Wudang from many big cities such as Beijing,Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, etc.
? Travel Tips
? Be careful to visit the cultural relics and the plants in the scenic area.
? It is forbidden to take photos in the religious temple and palaces
? Smoking is forbidden in the scenic area
? Wearing comfortable shoes to climb the mountain
? Keep drinking enough water and take rest in a fixed period
? The changeable temperature in the mountain area asks people to pay more attentions on cloth wearing. Be sure to carry a cold-proof cloth during your climbing time