They will remain on board for 30 days -- the longest stay thus far by Chinese astronauts -- to conduct tests on spacecraft-related technologies and scientific and engineering experiments, Xinhua said.
Jing, the mission commander, was on his third trip into orbit and will celebrate his 50th birthday in space.
"Although the job is challenging, risky and dangerous, there is nothing else I'd rather do," he said, according to the China Daily.
China is pouring billions into its military-run space programme and working to catch up to the US and Europe, with hopes to have a crewed outpost by 2022.
Beijing sees the programme as symbolising the country's progress and a marker of its rising global stature, but for the most part China has so far replicated activities that the US and Soviet Union pioneered decades ago.
The mission should work to ensure "the Chinese people will take bigger steps and march further" in space, and contribute "to the building of China into a space power", Xinhua cited him as saying.