What is the real Wudang Kung Fu like? Why the Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains can be world-renowned? Why do Kung Fu lovers around the world yearn for Wudang? "To Share a Trove" is a short video series jointly produced by CRI Online of China Media Group and Hubei Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism. On June 28, The third episode "Wudang: Cradle of Taoist Martial Arts" was released. Directed and produced by CGTN cultural program department, the episode presents the experience of Rachel, an American anchor, in exploring the secret of Wudang Martial Arts and her Comprehension of the Oriental wisdom.
Wudang Mountains have long been the sacred place of Taoism. Due to the long history of Wudang Kung Fu, there has always been a saying among those practicing martial arts that "Shaolin is respected in the north while Wudang is respected in the south". The Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains dates back to the Period of Zhenguan (627-649) of the Tang Dynasty. With additional construction projects launched during the Song and Yuan Dynasties, the complex gradually took shape and became the largest royal palace complex during the Ming Dynasty, representing the highest level of Taoist architecture and art in China during the Ming Dynasty. In December 1994, the Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains was inscribed on the World Heritage List.
In this episode, Rachel visited the master, learned kung fu and climbed to the top of Wudang Mountains. She also met and engaged in a "duel" with Jack, who is from Kiwanis, Illinois, U.S., and has been a fan of Chinese martial arts since he was a child. Having been in Wudang Mountains for 12 years, Jack, being once an apprentice, has become a martial arts teacher with many non-Chinese disciples.
The video has been aired on CGTN's English Channel, website, mobile App and overseas social media platforms, and has won the love of many overseas viewers. Rachel shared the Eastern wisdom and the essence of Wudang that she felt on Wudang Mountain through her camera. "I've only seen people practicing Tai Chi before, but I didn't know why they were playing so slow. Now I can finally understand the philosophy of it."