Li Ching-Yuen, or Li Ching Yun, was a Chinese herbalist that, according to one account, lived up to 256 years old. He claimed to be born in the year 1736, which would have made him 197.
If either of these were true, he would have exceeded the longest confirmed lifespans by a landslide. To compare, the oldest man in the world was Jiroemon Kimura at 116 years old and the oldest woman was Jeanne Calment at 122 years old.
Expert fact checkers, however, like those of Snopes, and gerontologists, professionals who work in the field of aging, could not determine his exact age. Although we know his date of death, May 6, 1933, his birthdate is unknown.
Despite accounts written by people who claimed to have seen him and local records, recent investigations reveal that his extreme age was probably legend. Some say that her probably assumed the identity of an older ancestor. Some people, locals for example, believe his longevity to be genuine.
Either way, one glance at this man will tell you that he did in fact reach a considerably old age, and he left behind some secrets to help you along your own aging journey. Check them out below.
The oldest verified woman and person in history.
Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment lived up to the age of 122. Anyone who lives past their 110th birthday is considered a supercentarian. Although Calment took up fencing and rode her bicycle until her 100th birthday, she wasn’t particularly athletic.
The oldest verified male in history.
This joyful man was Jiroemon Kimura. He was born in Kamiukawa, Japan, and according to one report, claimed that the secret to longevity was consuming small portions of food. He was also very active and an early riser. He passed away in 2013.
Chinese herbalist, Li Ching-Yuen (Li Ching Yun)
Chinese herbalist Li Ching-Yuen was mentioned in Time Magazine and in the New York Times for his longevity. One professor reported that he had found documents that proved he lived up to 256 years old. Li claimed that he was born in 1736, which would’ve made him 197 when he died in 1933.
He is a legend in Chinese history.
Li was said to have had 23 wives and over 200 descendants. Other sources say that he had 14 wives.
A Secret Recipe
He was also believed to have had a secret recipe for long life. Though we cannot determine whether or not these were true, we can reveal some of the tips that he’d left behind.