The Zhao Bao style of Tai Chi (赵堡太极拳) originated from the town of Zhao Bao (赵堡镇) in the sixteenth century. Located fourteen kilometers east of the county of Wen (温县) in the central Chinese province of Henan (河南), Zhao Bao is known for its idyllic atmosphere. The town looks south over the Yellow River’s northern banks, and gazes north into the Taihang foothills, turning east into the capital（京畿）, and extending west toward Luo Yi (絡伊). Since antiquity, this propitious location has made Zhao Bao a center of travel and trade. According to legend, Zhao Bao was once the elaborate Jin Yin Zhong burial grounds of the soldiers of Zhao Dynasty during the Warring States Period (500 B.C.–221 B.C.); thus earning the town the title of “Zhao Bao” or “Zhao’s stronghold,” a name which has continued into usage today.
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