14 Sep 2019 By Master Ziji (Michael König-Weichhardt) in Blog Tags: wudang, wudangarts, wudangbrasil, wudangbrno_cz, wudanggongfu, wudangjian, wudangkungfu, wudangkungfubrasil, wudanglife, wudangmountain, wudangmountains, wudangpai, wudangprinciples, wudangqigong, wudangquan, wudangrules, wudangsanfeng, wudangsanfengpai, wudangshan, wudangstyle, wudangsword, wudangswordsmenacademy, wudangtaichi, wudangtaichichuan, wudangtaiji, wudangtaijiquan, wudangtemple, wudangwarrior, wudangwest, wudangwushu
After the great flooding in Xiaoyao Valley, also known as Monkey Valley, a lot of pathways and bridges were destroyed and till today not restored. The bus station in the valley is fine, but if you want to walk the path up to the golden top, the valley may conceal some dangers which are important for tourists to know.
First of all the travel through this valley is not recommended and officially prohibited. After walking the valley many many times before the flooding, I felt eager to try it with a group of advanced students. Here I want to share with you what happened:
We encountered a big black snake and a short-legged deer-like creature. The valley seems to be the home of many wild animals since the pathway is closed down. We discovered a little trail beside the destroyed main path used by local farmers. The main path is mostly destroyed and often covered in plants since nobody takes care of the valley for two years.
There are three borderline situations where our group had to cross broken bridges. Beyond all safety concerns, crossing them was really dangerous. At certain places, you have nothing to hold with your hands and it is a balancing act on a small concrete pillar. Do not try this valley when you are afraid of heights.
Usually when the valley was in good condition I could cross it in 3 hours and 30 minutes. But since the valley was halfways broken and we often had to climb up the riverbed we took 5 hours and 15 minutes.
The vast mountain range of Wudang has been since a long time a place for inspiration and Daoist beliefs. Those who work on improving oneself find a deep bond with the spirits in this area. This post is all about my impressions when I visited the Wudang Mountain area. If you like a picture you can click on it for purchasing a license, nice prints for your wall or a postcard for your friends!
I shot many more pictures that day! From Chen Shiyu and with other friends! Check them all out here!
Every Wednesday is a performance day at Yuan Xiu Gang’s school, the performances were going till 11am and the rest of the day is basically free. So that is a nice opportunity to go to the city and check things out! (click on the images to buy a license, print or postcard!)
Yu Xu Gong in its full tranquility! We had the luck that there were no other people.
We also went behind the old school’s mountain path! There is a small farming village alongside the river.
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