Wudang is most famous for its martial arts, which command as much respect as those of Henan’s Shaolin Monastery. It’s said that the Song-dynasty monk Zhang Sanfeng developed Wudang boxing – from which tai ji is derived – after watching a fight between a snake and a magpie, which revealed to him the essence of neijia, an internal force used (in typical Taoist manner) to control “action” with “non-action”.

For those interested in learning some Wudang wushu, there are several academies: try the Jing Wu Martial Arts School (0719 5666666) or Chuanzhen Martial Arts Institute (139 2471458, gongfuchina.com.cn), where you should be able to negotiate a course from around ¥2000 per week.

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