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Changchun holds international Tai Chi tournament

(CNTV)    11:36, May 01, 2017

The first Changchun Tai Chi international invitational tournament opened on Sunday at Changchun University of Chinese Medicine, with more than 1,000 people from 31 countries participating.

The tournament's two main events include participants competing in a group or individually. For competing collectively, the 24-form Tai Chi Chuan was the form competitors had to complete in. For individual competitors, they could perform different forms.

A participant from Ghana told Xinhua News Agency that Tai Chi represents the unique traditional culture of China. "It could strengthen health and fitness while at the same time cultivate sentiment. It is an enjoyment to both body and mind."

Zhang Zhenying, Deputy Director of Jilin's Physical Education Office, said that the tournament is set to let more people know about Tai Chi and hence lead to a healthy lifestyle.

The sport is one of the most popular forms of exercise in China, especially for the elderly. The martial art, which combines slow and fluid movements, deep breathing and meditation, has been practiced in China for centuries. 

With 5,000 years of history, China has undoubtedly amassed numerous cultural relics and traditions. This includes 37 which are recognized by UNESCO World Heritage. One practice still awaiting recognition is Tai Chi.

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