As our journey across China continues in part 2, we visit many spectacular locations including the home of Zhu Geliang, who was known for his role in the battle of the Red Cliffs, a war well recognized in Chinese culture.
Zhu Geliang was also thought to be the founder of a metaphysical system known as Qi Men Dun Jia, in which the classic book the Art of War is said to derive from. We also visited the Wudang Mountains, which is the birth place of Tai chi and other forms of Kung Fu. Some of the locations visited are still thriving with Taoist Monks and were used in many well know martial arts movies. Sites explored included places high atop mountain peaks such as the Golden Palace, the Southern Crag Palace which was built into the mountain side, and the Purple Heaven Palace.
From the beginning of the slideshow, you’ll be able to see the glow on some of my fellow travellers faces from the energy of the sacred places we stopped and studied the previous days. Many of the locations along our journey contained a meridian spot where we would “walk the dragons” (survey the land) to find and stand upon a specific location. A Meridian spot is the location where the release of energy from a mountain or “Dragon’s Vein” is, and you can actually feel the vibration of earthly energy coursing through you as you stand or come in contact with such a special spot, its electric and peaceful all at the same time.
The last leg of the journey was to an original Taoist temple whose location that had been untouched in many years and where very few foreigners have visited. Here we learned about the humble beginnings of Wudang Mountain and the eternal legacy it carries, witnessing its Superior Land formations and far reaching history.
Our excursion ends at the city of Xiangyang with a surprise visit to a site of folklore, (we were told the eastern equivalent to The Lord of the Rings). The excursion finished with a celebration dinner and dancing and finally a time for self reflection before the long flight home.
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