The third National Health Qigong Competition opened on Friday in Wuhan, capital city of central China's Hubei province, attracting 266 athletes from 30 provinces, distrcts and cities.
The three-day competition will generate 16 gold medals in four qigong items. Athletes aged between 18 and 65 will compete in the group and individual events.
Based on traditional Chinese philosophy, qigong, a traditional fitness exercise, helps people to achieve a state of inner peace by focusing on the adjustment of body gestures, breathing and mental state.
As it combines slow-pace aerobics with mental rest to achieve the optimal physical and mental state, it is also regarded as a great way of relieving stress of modern life.
The first and second National Health Qigong Competition were respectively held in Zibo city of Shandong province and Hohhot of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
Until 2008, qigong has won widely popularity in the whole county with over 700,000 registered members in more than 8,000 qigong centers. More and more people enjoy and study qigong in more than 30 countries around the world such as Japan, Germany, France, Britian and Canada.