Head to any park, anywhere in China and you are bound to see people practicing Taiji (Tai Chi Chuan) like in China Travel Photo Contest by Flickr user Pete Wong.
Though certainly slower and less aggressive than other forms, Taiji is nonetheless a Chinese martial art. Its combination of controlled, slow physical movement and intense concentration provide a balance to the fast-paced high kicks and spins of the likes of Wushu or Shaolin Kung Fu, though for many practitioners, fighting is the last thing on their mind. Frankly, it's just darn good for you. Aside for the obvious health benefits of improving strength, balance, body alignment and hand-eye coordination, Taiji holds a special place in the healthy heart of Tradition Chinese Medicine aiding the flow of energy or "qi" around the body's Meridian system. So if you've resolved to get fit in 2012 but can't face another grueling session in the gym, why not get up early, get to the park and get your qi in order!
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