China (1,612 m and N/A) – Two of the Four Sacred Taoist Mountains of China
Mount Wudang and Mount Qingchen are two of the Four Sacred Taoist Mountains of China. Though not part of the list of the Five Sacred Mountains, these two are no less important, and possibly even more interesting historically. The latter of the two, Qingchen is one of the most important sites of Taoism in the world. According to tradition, the legendary Yellow Emperor studied here in China’s very earliest days.
Mount Wudang, while slightly less important, is undoubtedly better known, in large part for its connection to Chinese martial arts. The monasteries of Wudang have long been a bastion of both traditional Chinese culture and martial arts, and has been featured in countless stories and depicted in both Asian and Western films.
Both Wudang and Qingchen are located deep in central China, Qingchen moreso, earning it the nickname “The Most Secluded Place in China”, although it is easily reached from Chengdu approximately forty miles to the southeast. Wudang is much further east, making it more accessible to the big cities, but still relatively isolated. The closest major city is Xiangyang about seventy miles to the east. Wudang is one of the most popular and touristed sacred mountains in central China.