The event was launched at the scenic Wuyi Big Red Rock Hot springs area and nearly 1,000 yoga lovers from Wuyi participated in the yoga celebrations, it said.
Mayor of Wuyi Zhang Xusheng, in his inaugural address at IDY launch, said just like Buddhism had bound two great Indian and Chinese civilisations together, yoga also had the potential to promote values of harmony and peace between India and China.
The Consulate had arranged a Chinese-speaking Indian yoga teacher who conducted the yoga session to the big gathering based on the common yoga protocol sent by the department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).
The event was extremely well received by a large number of yoga followers in Wuyi, it said.
The grand finale will be held on June 25, 2017 in Wuxi at the foothills of the scenic Lingshan Temple, where nearly 10,000 yoga lovers are expected to participate in a record- setting event in mainland China.
The United Nations General Assembly had made a declaration in December 2014 to observe June 21 as IDY.