By Ren Ke and Zhou Erjie
BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- "Going abroad" has
become a popular phrase in China as its fast growing enterprises are doing more
business outside. Traditional Chinese culture is also following this trend.
Qigong, one of the cultural symbols, is going abroad to show off the skills
which have taken thousands of years to develop.
When Chinese around the world celebrate their Lunar
New Year next month, six delegations, organized by the Chinese Health Qigong
Association (CHQA), will visit seven countries - Canada, Britain, France,
Belgium, Germany, Australia and the United States, all places they have never
A man practises Qigong at 2nd
International Health Qigong Demonstration and Exchange, Aug. 25,
2007. (Xinhuanet File Photo)
During the visits, 40 plus trainers of qigong, a
system of deep breathing exercises, will demonstrate their skills in squares of
big cities, and hold news conferences to introduce this Chinese traditional art
According to Zou Jijun, vice president and secretary
general of the CHQA, these qigong trainers are professors in sports
universities, and state-level trainers from China's provincial areas. In order
to better promote Health Qigong, they will also train local trainers so that the
trainers can spread the concept abroad.
"Health Qigong is a gem of Chinese traditional
culture. Its Chinese characteristics and healthy lifestyle may attract
foreigners who are interested in Chinese culture and health," said Zou.
As the double-digit growth of China's economy
continues, Chinese traditional culture has become a focus for the outside world.
Some typical Chinese symbols, like martial arts, acupuncture and tai chi have
spread around the globe.
Qigong (also written as Chi Kung) refers to the type
of exercise that manages the health of mind, body and breath. The word consists
of two Chinese characters: qi and gong. Qi, as used in the context of the phrase
qigong, refers to both the signal that controls the functioning of the body and
the actual functions of the body. The word gong is the short form for gong fu
(kung fu), which means training with time and effort.
In its 5,000-year history, qigong has absorbed different traditional Chinese cultural schools. The CHQA said that Confucians practise qigong to cultivate mind and body; Taoists and Buddhists do it to transcend worldliness; Chinese doctors use it to cure illness and maintain health; and martial arts practitioners do it to defend and fight attacks.