Wudang to promote culture overseas
By Wang Zhenghua ( China Daily )
Li Guangfu, deputy head of China's Taoist Association.
Wudang will embark on a go-out strategy to develop its culture overseas, Li Guangfu, deputy head of China's Taoist Association, said on Thursday.
Li, also president of Wudang Taoist Association and a national political adviser, was quoted by China National Radio as saying that "Wudang is gradually going out", as Shaolin Temple has taken the lead to build overseas complexes.
"The Shaolin Temple developed its culture earlier and its kung fu is popular among young people," Li said. Wudang was seeking overseas development as well, focusing on the spread of Tai Chi and health maintenance, he added.
It will make inroads into the United States, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore and Russia by hosting classes there, Li said. It will pay more attention to deliver the essence of China's traditional culture.
Shaolin Temple in Henan province has completed a land purchase deal initiated in 2006 by paying A$4.16 million ($3.26 million) to a complex in Australia's New South Wales state.
The complex will include a temple, four-star hotel, kung fu academy and educational facilities.