Ye Guangfu made his first public appearance on Wednesday, just after completing an underground training mission deep in an Italian cave.
Taikonaut -- the Chinese equivalent of astronaut or cosmonaut -- Ye, 36, is the first of China's five male second-generation astronauts to meet the press.
Ye and five other prospective1 astronauts from Japan, Russia, Spain and the United States spent six nights in Sardinian caves from July 1 to 7, simulating a mission to another planet, during the European Space Agency (ESA) underground training course CAVES (Cooperative Adventure for Valuing and Exercising human behavior and performance Skills.)
The mission focused on multi-cultural approaches to leadership, following orders, teamwork and decision-making, according to the ESA.
"The cave is isolated2 from the outside world and is dark, damp and cold. We six were responsible for completing daily tasks such as climbing, exploration and surveying; really arduous3 but worthwhile training," Ye said as he addressed the media in Beijing.