Did you know that Li Ching Yuen is man who lived 256 years? Isn’t that stunning? Probably many of you will have doubts, but that is not myth or a fictional tale.
As reported New York Times in one article in 1930, Wu Chung – chieh is professor of the Chengdu University who discovered Imperial Chinese government records from 1827. Namely, he was congratulating to Li Ching – Yuen on his 150th birthday and further documents later congratulating him on his 200th birthday in 1877.
Back in 1928, the correspondent of New York Times wrote that many of the old people in Li’s neighborhood claimed that actually their grandfathers knew him when they were boys, and what is even more interesting, at that time he was a grown man.
Allegedly Li Ching Yuen began his herbalist career at the age of 10. Namely, he gathered herbs in the mountain ranges and learned about their remarkable potency for longevity. It is important to mention that almost 40 years, he survived on a diet of herbs like lingzhi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shoo wu, gotu kola and rice wine.
In 1749 at the age of 71, Li Ching Yuen joined the Chinese armies as teacher of martial arts. It is interesting that Li supposedly was much – loved figure in his community, so he married 23 times and is father of more than 200 children.
People from his province are talking that Li was able to read and write as a child, and by his tenth birthday had traveled in Kansu, Shansi, Tibet, Annam, Siam and Manchuria gathering herbs. It is amazing that he was the first who continued with this occupation after hundred years. After that, he switched to selling herbs gathered by others. Namely, he sold lingzhi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shou wu and gotu kola along with many other Chinese herbs. His diet consisted of these herbs, rice wine.
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