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    Dear all,

    if all things were equal, would you prefer visiting Wudang Mountain or the Shaolin Temple?

    With best regards,
    Anton

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    the Wudang picture is linked from here, the Shaolin from here
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    Last edited by Anton S.; 2nd January 2019, 07:47 PM.
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  • #2
    Dear Family!

    Thank you for voting! At the moment it seems like everyone prefers the Wudang Mountain over the Shaolin Temple. Although I am confident, it would be different if you could pick both but not one.
    Would anyone like to share why you made this choice?

    With best regards,
    Anton
    Engage and maintain joyful practice!

    May all of you get the best benefits from what you do.

    Anton Schmick
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Anton S. View Post
      Would anyone like to share why you made this choice?
      Hi Anton,

      I haven't a rational reason as to why I voted Wudang Mountain - all I can say is that in my mind, Wudang Mountain carries a greater sense of mystery about it than the Shaolin Temple. It feels as if the Shaolin Temple was a tremendous place here on earth in which many great masters trained many great things. Wudang Mountain however has a sense of the eternal about it - one of those 'thin' places where the boundary between the ordinary and everyday merges with the sacred and the divine.

      This sense of Wudang isn't from reading about it or watching movies on it, but is more as a reaction to training Wudang Taijiquan. The essence of this very beautiful art is different to everything else we train - it feels more rarified and holy than most of the other arts we train. That sense of the eternal is infused in the art in way that we cannot describe or articulate.

      So while a trip to the Shaolin Temple would be superb and immensely enjoyable, a visit to Wudang mountain would be a pilgrimage for the ages.

      Kevin
      Last edited by Kevin_B; 4th January 2019, 12:17 AM.

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      • #4
        Dear Anton,

        If I am correct, the Shaolin temple shown above is the Northern Shaolin temple (from your link), the one in Henan province with the Wushu monks and schools. As it is very much a business center now, I would much prefer to visit the Wudang mountain which I do not know much about, and that has a rich history and heritage.

        If the choice were to be the Southern Shaolin temple built by the Venerable Chee Seen, however, that would be my first choice .

        With Shaolin Salute,
        Lee Wei Joo
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        • #5
          Dear Sijat,

          I would love to visit both but if I had to choose I would choose The Wudang Mountains. For what I have seen in videos, the scenery is beautiful and poetic and brings great inspiration and peace.

          I share below two of my favorite videos with Wudang Mountains Scenery:



          &



          With Love, Care and Shaolin Salute,

          Santi

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          • #6
            I also voted for Wudang due to its fabled beauty whilst the modern Shaolin Temple seems to hold little of its original glory. Of course, given the option, I would prefer to visit both sites.
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            • #7
              Dear everyone,
              thank you for your kind replies! Actually I am a bit surprised that we are sharing the same opinion. I would also prefer to visit Wudang over visiting the Shaolin Temple if I had to choose. However, the best would be to visit both

              I wonder whether the poll will change I´ve added some more pictures of the Shaolin Temple

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              the first picture is from here the second from here

              You may want to check out the linked sources as well

              With best regards,
              Anton
              Engage and maintain joyful practice!

              May all of you get the best benefits from what you do.

              Anton Schmick
              Shaolin Wahnam Germany Nord

              shaolinwahnamchina.com
              http://chikunghamburg.wordpress.com
              http://shaolinwahnam-nord.de
              http://kungfu-luebeck.de

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              • #8
                I voted for the Wudang Mountains as well, for the same reasons most have mentioned. However if I did a trip to China I would most likely visit other sites as well... maybe even the Northern Shaolin Temple in its current form.

                Andrea
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                • #9
                  Dear Si Jat Anton,

                  Thank you for starting this wonderful thread. For me it has always been Wudang Mountains for a very long time.
                  That been said the scenery at the Shaolin Temple look amazing too. All in all I think a visit to either Wudang Mountains Or the Shaolin Temple plus other sites
                  would be incredible.

                  Shaolin Salute,
                  Brendan

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                  • #10
                    I choose Wudang San as there are fewer tourists, I imagine. Also, I like climbing!

                    Thanks for the great photos, brother.

                    Yours,

                    Charles
                    Charles David Chalmers
                    Brunei Darussalam

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                    • #11
                      At 10 - 0 I think we have a clear winner!!

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