The Story Behind A Man Who Live 256 Years From 1677:1933

He is Li Ching-Yuen, a Chinese herbalist who lived 256 from 1677 till 1933. Li Chung Yuen was born in 1677 in Chyi Jiang Hsie, Szechuan province. He spent most of his life in the mountain ranges while gathering herbs and the knowledge of longevity methods. When he was 71 years old, in 1748, he moved to Kai Hsien to join the Chinese army as a teacher of the martial arts and as a tactical advisor too. In 1927, the General Yang Sen of  the National Revolutionary Army invited him to his residence in Wann Hsien, Szechuan province, where his picture below was taken. The general was very fascinated by his youthfulness, prowess and strength; however he was in an advanced age.


When he died in 1933, all the newspapers around the whole world reported the news of his passing. According to Li’s testimony, he was 197 years old, but there is an investigation which suggested that he had forgotten his actual birthday. When the Official government records the birth year as 1677, this makes him 256. It is said to be one of the oldest persons who ever lived, reportedly dying at 256 years of age.  Some people say that he died of natural causes, while the others claim that he told his friends that “I have done all I have to do in this world. I will now go home,” and then allowed his spirit to depart.



His married life: he had buried away twenty-three wives and was living with the twenty-fourth, who was a woman of ’60,’ this is according to one version of Li’s married life. There is Another account, which in 1928 credited him with 180 living descendents, including eleven generations, but recorded only fourteen marriages.

His Advice for a Long Life as he says, “Keep a Quiet Heart, Sit Like a Tortoise, Sleep Like a Dog.”


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