Former US Secretary of Commerce Visits Taichi Lake for the Launch of its Cultural Industry Program – Kung Fu Park

September 19, 2012

SHIYAN CITY, Hubei Province - Wudang Taichi Lake is famous for its gorgeous mountains and lake, as well as its unique cultural attractions, which have fascinated countless visitors from all over the world.

Michael Kantor having meeting with Zhou Ji

On September 16, 2012, former Secretary of Commerce and US Trade Representative, Michael “Mickey” Kantor, , traveled to the Wudang Mountains and Taichi Lake area to meet with Zhou Ji, the Party Secretary of Shiyan City, and discuss the development of the region as a cultural tourism destination. Traveling with Mr. Kantor were Thomas McLain, a trustee of the Asia Society and the Chair of the Asia Society of Southern California, Jack Chen, Founder & CEO of Transworld Capital Group, and Yang Qingshan, Chairman of Taichi Lake Group.

A group picture of people attending the meeting

Zhou Ji, Secretary of Shiyan City, met with Mr. Kantor at the Wudang Mountains Hotel. Other guests also attended the meeting, including Thomas McLain, Jack Chen, Zhang Huili, Deputy Mayor of Shiyan City, Li Faping, Secretary of Wudang Special Region, and Mr. Yang Qingshan, Chairman of Taichi Lake Group.

In December 2011, Taichi Lake Group, in partnership with LA-based Ikonic Entertainment Group, formally launched the “Taichi Legend” Wudang Taichi Cultural Tourism Zone. At the signing ceremony in Beijing, Secretary Zhou Ji and Mr. Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles, also signed a cooperation memorandum on cultural exchanges between the two cities. As a member of Mayor Villaraigosa’s official delegation, Mr. Kantor witnessed the signing ceremony.

Yang Qingshan, Mickey Kantor, Jack Chen, and Tom McLain

Secretary Zhou Ji warmly greeted Mr. Kantor and other guests. Mr. Zhou said that Shiyan City is located in the valley of Qinba Moutain, which is an important ecological barrier of China, and that the Wudang Mountains are a World Cultural Heritage site and one of the birthplaces of Daoism and Wudang Kung Fu. He further stated that Shiyan City is nicknamed “Eastern Detroit” because of its prominence as an industrial powerhouse in industries such as automobile, hydropower, cultural tourism and bio-medical.

Mickey Kantor speaking at the meeting

Mr. Kantor has been very supportive of the development of Shiyan City and Wudang Mountains. He believed that the Wudang Taichi cultural tourism zone would be very exciting and a promising and innovative development model. He believed that this project would be a great showcase platform for US-China economic and cultural cooperation.

Tai Chi Live Show Theatre

Mr. Zhou said that the “Taichi Legend” Wudang cultural tourism zone would be a mixture of the Wudang Mountains’ cultural resources and Taichi Lake’s industrial development and would be an opportunity to mix traditional Eastern culture with Hollywood modern production. Mr. Zhou hoped that more visitors from the US would come to Shiyan City and the Wudang Mountains to explore tourism and other collaboration opportunities.

About Transworld Capital Group
Transworld Capital Group is a financial advisory and investment firm specializing in cross border transactions between the Western World and Greater China. The company advises both on M&A and capital-raising transactions as well as partnerships to help businesses access the China market. More information can be found at

About Ikonic Entertainment Group
Ikonic is a new company formed in Los Angeles to provide the very best total project turnkey services to the entertainment real estate business in China. The company is the brainchild of Tony Christopher, the Founder & CEO of the Landmark Entertainment Group and Jack Chen, a Chinese American businessman and Founder & CEO of Transworld Capital Group (TCG) a financial advisory and investment firm specializing in cross-border business development and transaction management in China. Together the new company has the ability to design, build, finance, manage and turn over development of entertainment real-estate projects targeting China, the number one country in the world today in new land development.

Through its association with Landmark, Ikonic utilizes the very top talent in the world today. Considered the third best theme park design company after Disney and Universal, Landmark has a proven track record of award winning projects with Universal as its main client and projects such as the Spiderman Dark Ride, T2/3D, a live action 4D theater, Star Trek, an amazing simulator attraction, and Jurassic park to name a few of its best completed projects. Additionally, Ikonic has worked with and can bring in organizations such as Six Flags, Busch Gardens and Management Resources, each of which can provide high level operation services.