Taijiquan (often spelled Tai chi in the West) is a traditional physical practice characterized by relaxed, circular movements combined with breath regulation as well as the cultivation of a righteous and neutral mind. Originating during the mid-seventeenth century in Wenxian County in the Henan Province of central China, this martial art is now practised throughout the country by people of all ages and by different ethnic groups.
Taijiquan’s basic movements centre upon wubu (five steps) and bafa (eight techniques) with a series of routines, exercises and tuishou (hand-pushing skills performed with a counterpart). The element builds upon the yin and yang cycle, and the cultural understanding of the unity between heaven and humanity.
Taijiquan was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2020.
Date of issue: 10 August 2023
Artist: Yun Zhang (P.R. China)
Designer: Rorie Katz (United Nations)
Souvenir sheet size: 40 mm x 140 mm with a 30 mm x 40 mm stamp
Printer: Royal Joh Enschedé (The Netherlands)
Process: Offset lithography