Looking for the past

Many tai chi students travel to China seeking the mystery of tai chi.
Perhaps they find it.
Perhaps they do not.

The philosophical roots of tai chi are thousands of years old and modern China does not embrace taoism.
What taoist insights are to be found there?
In 1956 the first modern tai chi form was developed by the Chinese Sports Commission: the 24 step.
To what degree are traditional forms being taught in China today?
Are they an esoteric taoist art?
Or are they simplified sport/competition forms?

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