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Old June 14th, 2005, 06:21 PM   #1
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The taoism building of WuDang Mountain (Cultural heritage of the world )

Wudang Mountain, the famous scenic spot in China, whose perimeter is over 800 km, full of beautiful hills and intense forests, was praised as the meeting place of heaven and earth. For its enchanting scenery and the legend of home of gods, many Taoists and hermits came to cultivate, so Wudang Mountain was regarded as the origin place of China Taoism.
It is said that Zhenwu Emperor had been cultivating here for over 40 years and became god.
During the Song Dynasty, Wudang Taoism had developed into some certain size, forming its own organization sodality, and also had set up many Taoist buildings. On the days of Zhenwu' birthday and becoming god, pious people would come here worship Wudang Mountain from all directions.
Wudang Taoism came to the most prosperous stage in the Ming Dynasty. Cheng Emperor, Zhu-Li ordered to support and develop Wudang Taoism after he became the emperor. He wrote all the orders by himself, from reconnaissance and devise of Taoist buildings, sending qualified officials to overlook the project, to the ways for Taoists to cultivate. There were all high buildings on the both sides of the 140-km ancient road to the Golden Peak.
After thousands years' development, there produced proud and profound Wudang Culture in Wudang Taoism: nature-upholding Taoist buildings, mysterious Wudang Boxing, Wudang Ways to keep healthy, talking-with ?god religion service, court-like Taoist music, unrivalled carvings, China traditional medicine and herbs, all are the crystal of Chinese national cleverness.
Taoism has played an important role in politics, economy, culture, and ideology of China. Taoism, with Chinese characteristics and nearly 2000-year history, is still influencing Chinese life.

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


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