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Traditional Sports

Chinese traditional sports and activities are very popular, and as are also a precious cultural heritage for the country, which has existed since ancient times. Many of the traditional sports activities are not only good for health but also have high artistic value, and rich recreational and educational functions. Traditional sports, including martial arts, taijiquan or shadow boxing, qigong (a system of deep breathing exercises), Chinese chess and weiqi encirclement chess bear very Chinese characteristics, and have achieved major popularity worldwide today. Almost all the traditional sports were derived from productive activity. The Mongolians, Tibetans and Kazaks inhabit vast natural grasslands and horsemanship is vital to their existence.
The original birthplace of Taijiquan - Henan, Chenjiagou village is situated in East Wenxian city, Si Li Jin Feng Ling. Taijiquan is a style of Chinese boxing, combining control of breath with control of mind and body. It emphasizes body movement following mind movements, tempering toughness with gentleness and graceful carriage. Qigong is a unique Chinese way of keeping fit. By concentrating the mind and regulating breath, it aims to enhancing health, prolong life, cure illness and improve physiological functions. Minority inhabited areas also play host to various entertaining and competitive sporting activities, including wrestling and horsemanship among Mongols, Uygurs and Kazaks; Tibetan yak racing; ethnic Korean "seesaw jumping"; crossbow archery among the Miao, and dragon-boat racing among the ethnic Dai ethnic minority.

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