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生于中国江苏省南京市,1980年移居美国纽约州纽约市。一位在海外的龙的传人。以一个好的心态,和平的宗旨对待人与事。

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活了256岁的中国人  

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       根据美国的时代杂志,纽约时报1933年的报道, 这位中国人居然活了256岁.一生中娶了23个妻子,养育了180孩子.这个报道是真还是虚永远是个迷.下面是有关这位人瑞的故事.

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Li Ching-Yun. Image from The People’s Republic of China

According to the 1933 obituaries in both Time Magazine and the New York Times, Li Ching-Yun was reported to have buried 23 wives and fostered 180 descendants by the time he died at the age of 256.

Was he really that old? Could he have forgotten his own birthday or exaggerated his claim? Environmental Graffiti investigates.

The Secrets to an Interminable Life

“Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.” These were the words of advice Li gave to Wu Pei-fu, the warlord, who took Li into his house to learn the secret of extremely long life.

Li maintained that inward calm and peace of mind were the secrets to incredible longevity. His diet after all, was mainly based on rice and wine.

From 0 to 256

Unsurprisingly, not much is known about Li Ching-Yun’s early life. We know he was born in the province of Szechwan in China, where he also died. We also know that by his tenth birthday, Ching-Yun was literate and had travelled to Kansu, Shansi, Tibet, Annam, Siam and Manchuria gathering herbs. After that, it gets a bit fuzzy…

Apparently, for over one hundred years, Li continued selling his own herbs and then subsequently sold herbs collected by others. He also (according to Time) had six-inch long fingernails on his right hand.

You might be thinking that he looked decrepit, shrivelled, leather-like and creepy, however sources at the time were astonished at his youthfulness. Was this suspect? Was Li Ching-Yun as old as he claimed he was, or was his birthday a clerical error or exaggeration?

Let’s take a brief look at both sides…

The Nine Lives of Li Ching-Yun

By his own admission he was born in 1736 and had lived 197 years. However, in 1930 a professor and dean at Minkuo University by the name of Wu Chung-chien, found records “proving” that Li was born in 1677. Records allegedly showed that the Imperial Chinese Government congratulated him on his 150th and 200th Birthdays.

So the question is, had he forgotten his own birthday? Was this even the same Li Ching-Yun?

Looking at all of this from a medical and documented perspective: Jeanne Louise Calment, a French woman who died in 1997 so far holds the title for the person who has roamed the earth the longest: 122 years, which is a phenomenal length of time.

That means, that if the records discovered by Wu Chung-chien were accurate, Li Ching-Yun’s age would surpass the official record by more than 130 years. Is this even medically possible?

The detail, which seems to prove both arguments and debunk them at the same time, is Li’s youthful appearance, noted in a 1928 article from the New York Times. Visually and physically, he appeared to look like a typical 60 year-old. Does this therefore signify a superhuman body capable of lasting one quarter of a millennium, or is the story of Li Ching-Yun based on a series of half-truths, lies or exaggerations?

Unfortunately, we may never know. You may draw your own logical conclusions.

 

李清云(拼音:Lǐ Qīngyún;英文:Li Ching-Yuen,生于1677年或以后,死于1933年5月6日)是一名中草药专家、气功大师和战术顾问。他曾声称生于1734年,但也有带有争议性的纪录称他生于1677年。其寿命根据2个出生日期推测分别为199年和256年,均远打破迄今有准确记录的最长寿命纪录,纪录由一名叫詹妮·路易·卡门(Jeanne Louise Calment)的法国妇女保持,她于1875年2月21日出生,于1997年8月4日去世。

 

1933年5月15日,美国《时代杂志》(TIME)一篇名为《龟雀狗》(Tortoise-Pigeon-Dog)的文章报道了他的故事和历史, 李清云留给后人长寿的秘诀:“保持一种平静的心态,坐如龟,行如雀,睡如狗”。

1928年李清云著作了《长生不老诀》一书。他在书中并未提及年龄,但是自述长寿的关键在于气功健身。李清云提出用“刚柔相济,阴阳调和”的方法锻炼身体。他认为自己健康长寿的原因有三:一是长期素食;二是内心保持平静、开朗;三是常年将枸杞煮水当茶饮。

编辑] 生平简介

普遍认为,李清云于1677年在四川綦江县(现重庆市綦江县)出生。据称他花了整整一辈子的时间采集中草药和搜集长寿的秘诀。1749年,71岁的李清云到开县加入军队,成为军队的武术老师和战术顾问

1927年李清云受杨森将军邀请,到四川万县作客。杨森被老人的老当益壮和高超的采集中草药技能深深吸引。他那张著名的肖像就是在这里拍摄的。回去一年之后,李清云老人逝世。一些人说他是自然死的,另外一些则说他曾经告诉过朋友,“我已经做完我需要做的事情,我会立刻回家(去世)。”

1933年李清云死后,杨森专门派人调查了他的真实年龄和背景,并出版了一份报告。同年,一些四川人在被采访的时候说在他们还是小孩子的时候就已经认识李清云,而且在他们终老的时候,李清云没有变得很老。其他人则说李清云曾经是他们爷爷的朋友。

编辑] 关于其真实年龄

根据1933年刊登在《时代》杂志和《纽约时报》的讣闻,李清云享年256岁,他娶了23位妻子,养育了180位子女。但是这种报道很难被证明。17世纪中国的人口统计数据非常不准确,而且也无从查证了,就好像中国历史上另一个声称活了443年的陈君一样。

最大的可能性是当时的军阀杨森为了取悦刚定都南京的蒋介石,以“长生不老”、寿星相片为证、以盛世人瑞为题,给蒋介石送了一份厚礼。蒋介石得讯非常开心,立刻要杨森设法护送李神仙进京,“以使中外人士共瞻我国人瑞,并且有以了然他的修养摄生之道”。不料李清云返家后已无疾而终。但是美国媒体和国民党的关系甚好,美国各大媒体自然争相报道蒋介石亲自呈送的“长寿报告”。因此其真实年龄可信度很低。 

 

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