There are some characteristics that make the Mount Wudang area unique
1) It has been inhabited by Daoist masters throughout history
Mount Wudang is one of the oldest and most important cultivation sites of Daoism. More than 2500 years ago, YunXi (disciple of LaoZi) after recording the famous DaoDeJing from the Daoist Grandmaster LaoZi, started this cultivation on the Mountain. Since then, a number of Daoist masters, including ChenTuan, LuDongBin, and ZhangSanFeng have come train and get realized on Mount Wudang, suggesting the uniqueness of this place for the cultivation of Daoist practice and understanding.
2) It is the birth place of Tai Chi Quan
ZhangSanFeng, the Daoist master who lived in the 14-16th century, founded the Wudang martial arts branch, and invented the famous Tai Chi Quan, which made a tremendous impact on the martial arts, human health, and towards Daoist cultivation. Through the practise of Tai Chi Quan, practitioners could improve their physical condition, the energy (qi) in their body, and experience inner tranquility and peace.
Besides cultivation and training, Mount Wudang is also famous for Regimen (the nurturing of life). There are many Chinese herbs that grow on the mountain, and together with the Daoist wisdom used in preserving life and Daoist medicine, make the mountain a unique place for healing and rejuvenation.
4) The Architecture
Besides secluded caves built by practitioners, there has been construction of many temples at different times, the earliest dating back to the 6th century. Temples are built at locations following the natural landscape of the mountain, some at cliffs and some on mountain tops. The uniqueness of the mountain and its architecture earned it a place as one of UNESCO's World Heritage Cultural Sites on December 17, 1994.
Wudang Town, Laoyin