More than 1,000 yoga enthusiasts swarmed to an event organised by India in eastern China as a curtain-raiser to the third International Yoga Day on June 21.

The event at the Chuzhou Garden on Saturday was jointly organised by the Consulate-General of India, Shanghai, and the Lishui city government.

Vice-mayor of Lishui, Lu Cailiu, welcomed the introduction of Yoga and stated that the ancient Indian practice already had a huge following in her city.

"Yoga has the potential to promote values of harmony and peace between India and China," Cailiu said.

Lishui was the third city in eastern China to host the curtain-raiser event to the third International Day of Yoga.

More yoga events are lined up from June 17 to June 25 in eastern China regions of Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu.