Monday, 19 May 2008


“Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.” These were the words of advice Li Ching-Yun who was reported in Time Magazine back in 1933 to have buried 23 wives and fostered 180 descendants by the time he died at the age of 256.

Born in the province of Szechwan in China, where he also died in 1933 his diet mostly consisted plenty of herbs and rice wine.By his own admission he was born in 1736 and had lived 197 years. However, in 1930 a professor and dean at Minkuo University by the name of Wu Chung-chien, found records “proving” that Li was born in 1677. Records allegedly showed that the Imperial Chinese Government congratulated him on his 150th and 200th Birthdays.

If this true than, Li Ching-Yun's advice on longevity should be given serious consideration.

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