#1 Wen County, Henan 河南温县

#1 Wen County, Henan 河南温县

Known as the cradle of Tai Chi Chuan, Wen County is located in Jiaozuo City, Henan Province. It is especially famous for Chenjiagou Village, where the skilled martial artist Chen Wangting (1580–1660) developed Tai Chi by integrating the strengths of the martial art styles established by the Ming General Qi Jiguang (1528-1588) and different elements of Chinese philosophy into his family's traditional training practice in the middle of the 17th century. Chen-style Tai Chi is the parent form of the other four Tai Chi styles, which are Yang, Wu, Sun and Woo. Chen's descendants have, over the years, established more than 50 Tai Chi schools and centers to help spread this form of Chinese martial arts. Tai Chi is now practiced by around 150,000,000 people in more than 150 countries and regions. Tiny Chenjiagou Village, which is home to many Tai Chi masters, is regarded as a Mecca by Tai Chi fans and practitioners.

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