Tiantai Mountain Yi Jin Jing
chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-03-16Print Print
A person practices Yi Jin Jing, a traditional qigong exercise. [Photo/WeChat account: tzfb001]
Yi Jin Jing, literally meaning "muscle-and-tendon-transforming sutra", is a traditional qigong exercise which many are first introduced to through wuxia (martial arts) novels by Hong Kong novelist Jin Yong, aka Louis Cha Leung-Yung.
Zong Heng, a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Taoist priest from Tiantai, a county-level city in Taizhou, is widely believed to have invented the Taoist version of the Yi Jin Jing qigong exercise.
Yi Jin Jing is widely practiced as a way to build up one's stamina and inner strength, as well as improve one's performance both physically and mentally.
In late December 2020, it was designated as a candidate to become national intangible cultural heritages by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.