Overseas students experience traditional Chinese exercises
Updated: 2016-11-29

A group of international students at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine immersed themselves in the Five-Animal Exercises, on Nov 16.

The Five-Animal Exercises, or “Wuqinxi” in Chinese, require participants to imitate the movements and mannerisms of animals. The movements originate from Qigong breathing exercises and are believed to help cure illnesses and prolong life.


Students mimic the movements of birds. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

Accordingly, students followed the guidance of an instructor and mimicked the behavior of tigers, deer, bears, apes, and birds. Through following instruction and patiently practicing the movements, students were able to relax and embrace the ancient practice.

The Five-Animals Exercises dates back more than 1,800 years and was invented by Hua Tuo (145 – 208 AD), a highly-skilled doctor who lived during China’s Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25-220).


The Five-Animal Exercises are a set of medical Qigong breathing exercises that require participants to imitate the actions and expressions of animals. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]


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