We all know that many people around the world have been searching for ways to extend their lifespans since the dawn of existence – and guess what? We’ve made a lot of progress.

But one man not only figured out the secret to a long life, he might have been the oldest person to ever live. Ladies and gentlemen, have you ever asked yourself – what is the longest a person has ever lived for? We can answer that question for you – his name is Li Ching Yuen and he lived 256 years! Note: this is not a myth or a fictional tale. Take a look at the article below and find out more about this.

This is how the story goes – according to a 1930 New York Times article, Wu Chung-chieh, a professor of the Chengdu University, discovered Imperial Chinese government records from 1827 congratulating Li Ching-Yuen on his 150th birthday, Li Ching Yuen reportedly began his herbalist career at the age of 10, where he gathered herbs in mountain ranges and learned of their potency for longevity. And, for almost 40 years, he survived on a diet of herbs such as lingzhi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shoo wu and gotu kola and rice wine. In 1749, at the age of 71, he joined the Chinese armies as teacher of martial arts.  Li was said to be a much-loved figure in his community, marrying 23 times and fathering over 200 children.

According to tales, that came from people in his province, he was able to read and write as a child, and by his tenth birthday had traveled in Kansu, Shansi, Tibet, Annam, Siam and Manchuria gathering herbs. For the first 100 years he did that, and then he switched to selling herbs (which were gathered by others). According to the tales, he sold lingzhi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shou wu and gotu kola along with other Chinese herbs, and lived off a diet of these herbs and rice wine.

But, wait – Li Wasn’t the Only One

According to his story, Li met a 500-year-old man, who taught him Qigong exercises and dietary recommendations that would help him extend his lifespan to superhuman proportions. So, now you probably ask yourself – besides the Qigong technique and an herb-rich diet, what else can we learn from Li (the Master of Longevity? Find out more in the article below…

On his death bed, this great man said:

“I have done all that I have to do in this world”.  

The question remains – could this be one of the biggest secrets for a long and prosperous life?  In the West, we’re often taught to believe that the aging process is something that should be prevented or slowed down with high tech infrared devices and state of the art medication. 

In 1928, a New York Times correspondent wrote that many of the old men in Li’s neighborhood asserted that their grandfathers knew him when they were boys, and that he at that time was a grown man.


When people asked him what his secret was to longevity, he replies:

 “You should keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.”

Note: ladies and gentlemen, these were the words that Li gave to Wu Pei-fu, the warlord, who took Li into his house to learn the secret of extremely long life. So, this great man maintained calm mind with breathing techniques. And, his diet played a big role in his longevity.   

The million-dollar question – why is this story so hard to believe?

We all know that the average lifespan for the Western people is around 70-85 years, right? So, if someone tells you about a person who lived 100 years would be ok. But, if someone tells you that a person lived more than 250 years… Yes, I know.

But, you should really ask yourself – why don’t we believe that people can live this long? Unfortunately, not many people in this world don’t live a 9-5 lifestyle; don’t have to deal with the stresses of debt, they aren’t breathing polluted city air, and they exercise regularly.  They don’t eat refined sugars or flour, or any foods that have had pesticides sprayed on them.  In simple words – they aren’t living off of the standard American diet. These people are not eating fatty meats, sugary deserts, and genetically modified foods.  No antibiotics.  No alcohol and no tobacco.  Their diets not only exclude junk foods that we so often indulge in, they also include superfoods and herbs which are like steroids for our organs and immune system. And, the most important thing is that they spend their free time in nature, practicing breathing techniques and meditating which have been proven to improve mental, physical, and emotional health.  They keep things simple, get proper sleep, and spend a great deal of time in nature under the sun.  

We usually spend our free time on Facebook or watching TV. So, you should imagine spending a lifetime doing that in the mountains, and combining that with perfect mental, spiritual, and physical well-being. Yes, you should imagine what will happen if we live the live we’re supposed to. Yes, if we treat our bodies right, who knows how long we can live for? Thanks for reading and don’t forget to share.