Original Chinese Language Article: By Confucian Institute Online
(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)
The Qing Cheng Mountains is situated to the West of Sichuan province, and because the air (qi) is so fresh and clean, the area is also known as ‘Immortal Spirit City’. This is why many practitioners of spiritual Daoism have historically been attracted to this place to practice self-cultivation, and why it is today considered the 5th largest population of practicing Daoist in China. The Qing Cheng Mountains are covered in dense forest, and possess very high peaks. This makes it difficult to access and easy to defend. In fact the peak of Mount Zhao Gong is where the Lulin (Green Forest) School of martial arts was established.
During the latter Qing Dynasty, the Qing Cheng Mountains were known for their Daoist practitioners – but also as a place where rebels, outlaws, and criminals hid from the authorities. As the climate is humid, and peaks high, and the area inaccessible, Daoist practitioners had to diligently practice their health and longevity self-cultivation techniques – which included the ability to strengthen the bones and joints, and live for long periods with adequate food supplies. The ability to defend themselves from violent attack was also very important, as they often encountered bandits, wild animals, or were subject to natural disasters. Therefore, due to this necessity, the Daoist communities on the Qing Cheng Mountains have produced many very good martial arts masters.
In the late Qing-Early Republican Period there were many famous Daoist masters from the Qing Cheng Mountains such as Tang Fu Chu, Zhang Yong Ping (who was the teacher of the late President of the China Daoism Association – Great Master Fu Yuan), Chen Lin (who trained Yu Guo Xiong of the China Martial Arts Association – the only recognised representative of the Qing Cheng School of martial arts), Zhang Zhi Qing (who was the former bodyguard to Nationalist President Lin Sen), Li Jie (teacher of Professor Wang Qing Yu – formerly of the National Sports Commission Qigong Department of Rehabilitation), Peng Chun Xian, Hu Zuo Quan, Kang De Min, Song Cheng Xin, Liu Zhong Shun, Ye Dan Yi (who was the bodyguard of Feng Yu Xiang, the former Deputy Chairman of a Kuomintang Military Commission), as well as the modern Peng Zong Ren (teacher of Tang Cheng Ping – the Vice President of the China Daoist Association), Bao Zhi Qing, and Jiang Xin Ping, all of which are considered outstanding in the practice of spiritualised Daoist martial arts, with some becoming famous as being members of the 24 Qing Cheng Knights.
©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2015.
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