The Legend of “The Sage of the Ghost Valley”
There is a legend that says during the Warring States period (5 BC to 221 BC) a sage named Guiguzi lived at Tianmen Mountain. He was the founder of the School of vertical & Horizontal Alliances, also known as the School of diplomacy and he was also known as the father of fortune telling. He had many renowned military strategists such as Su Qin, Zhang yi, Sun Bin and Pang Juan as his disciples.
Guiguzi also studied the art of yi and devoted years of his life to the practice. He hid in a cave hidden behind trees and a waterfall at Baizhang. Eventually Guiguzi developed the Guigu divine Practice, along with a secret martial arts manual. The cave was later named Guigu Cave after this wise old sage.
Tianmen Mountain split open in the year 263 Ad, revealing a large glowing hole. The Wu kingdom’s lord Sun Xiu came to see the hole after hearing the reports. He believed it was an auspicious sign, naming the hole “Heavenly Gate”. There is a legend that says the Heavenly Gate was created to allow Guiguzi to fly up to the heavens.