Of all 72 styles of Shaolin Kung Fu, Qing gong is certainly
one of the most intriguing. It is also the one that is
most frequently practiced. Highly accomplished Qin gong
masters can be found among each generation of Shaolin monks.
The photo on the left was
taken on the date of 19 October 2004, in which a student
from Shaolin Martial Arts School in Quanzhou City, Fujian
Province, meditates with his body being sustained in the
air by a rope around his neck hanging from the ceiling.
It is a high art to turn an ordinary human body into a
weightless object. A maestro of Qinggong is supposedly
capable of scaling walls, gliding on water, flying over
rooftops, or taking huge leaps through the air, much like
what has been depicted in the movie "Crouching Tiger,
Qinggong as a form of martial arts is not just confined
to the Shaolin style. A case in point is that the Qingong
masters in Lee An’s film are all from Daoist sect. And
then, the man mounting the wall to reach the rooftop in Photo below is
neither a Buddhist monk nor a Daoist, but a corner-store
owner in Ningxia Hui Muslin Autonomous Region.
His name is Ge Qiang, the author of a book titled Scaling
Walls and Flying over Rooftops, published in 2003
by the PLA Publishing House. One of the military
experts suggested in his review that the techniques illustrated
in Mr. Ge’s book could be employed to train China’s police
officers and firemen alike.
Though extraordinary with spiderman-quality, Wall Scaling
is perceived as being a relatively simple expression of
Qinggong. On 4 June this year, a 14 year-old girl called
Long Fengzhi performed a more demanding Qinggong stunt
in Nanjing by dancing on the sharp knife-edges bare footed.
(Sources of the photos .tom.com; China