Top 10 Kung Fu hometowns in China

Top 10 Kung Fu hometowns in China

Chinese Kung Fu, also known as Wushu (martial arts), is a combination of different fighting styles and techniques developed over centuries for physical training, self-defense, competition and improving self-discipline.

The art of Kung Fu, integrating strength, elegance and philosophy, is an essential part of traditional Chinese culture. Kung Fu is not only popular in China, though. It enjoys worldwide renown and has become the main symbol of Chinese culture for many foreigners.

Here, we give you China's top ten Kung Fu hometowns to guide you through this famed traditional mysterious and fantastic world.

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#10 Bozhou, Anhui 安徽亳州

Wuqinxi, or Five Animal Frolics, was founded more than 1,800 years ago by Hua Tuo, a famed Chinese physician in the Eastern Han Dynasty.

#9 Huaiyang, Henan 河南淮阳

Today, Huaiyang boasts more than 20 martial art styles which are practiced by over 300,000 local people.

#8 Danjiangkou, Hubei 湖北丹江口

Located in Shiyan City of Hubei Province, Danjiangkou City is known as the cradle of Wudang martial arts.

#7 Emeishan, Sichuan 四川峨眉山

Emei Kung Fu, Shaolin Kung Fu and Wudang Kung Fu, are famed as the three biggest martial art sects in China.

#6 Foshan, Guangdong 广东佛山

When talking about Southern-style Kung Fu, Foshan City in Guangdong Province comes to the fore.

#5 Quanzhou, Fujian 福建泉州

Quanzhou, a city lying in the southeast of Fujian Province, is the birthplace of Southern Shaolin Kung Fu, which originated in the Jin and Tang dynasties (265-907).

#4 Yongnian, Hebei 河北永年

Located in Handan City of Hebei Province, Yongnian County is the hometown of Tai Chi Chuan, and about 70 percent of the population practices this form of Chinese martial arts.

#3 Cangzhou, Hebei 河北沧州

Located in southeast Hebei Province, Cangzhou City is historically renowned for both its Kung Fu practitioners and acrobats.

#2 Dengfeng, Henan 河南登封

Dubbed as "The Land with the Greatest Number of Tough Guys", Dengfeng City is located in Zhengzhou, capital city of Henan Province.

#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...

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