China to build first Tai Chi theme park
Beijing: China will build a theme park showcasing the traditional martial art form of Tai Chi in Wudang Mountains area, legendary home of the marital art and a Unesco World Heritage Site renowned as a centre of Taoism.
Tai Chi is a type of Chinese martial art closely connected with Taoism, a religion developed originally in ancient China which emphasises a simple and natural life. It is usually practiced for self-defense and health benefits.
According to an administrative official, the office of Wudang Mountains and US company Landmark Entertainment will cooperate to set up the Tai Chi theme park in the central Hubei province, Xinhua reported.
The administrative office of Wudang Mountains and Landmark Entertainment Group plan to ink investment agreements in early December in Beijing.
Tony Christopher, CEO of Landmark Entertainment Group, the US company, said over USD 100 million will be invested on the theme park.
Open-air performances will also be staged on waters beside the theme park, Christopher said, adding that the performances are planned to be guided by Hollywood directors.
He said the Tai Chi theme park will reflect the mountain`s strong Taoist culture.
The park is expected to ratchet up tourism in Wudang Mountains area, said Li Faping, chief of the administrative office.