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71-Year-Old Man From Xinjiang Marries 114-Year-Old Bride

The unusual marriage between a 71-year-old man and an 114-year-old woman in Xinjiang has caught the attention of Chinese media and social media users. According to the disabled groom, his 114-year-old bride was the first one to care for him.

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The unusual marriage between a 71-year-old man and an 114-year-old woman in Xinjiang has caught the attention of Chinese media and social media users. According to the disabled groom, his 114-year-old bride was the first one to ever care for him.

Chinese media report that in the city of Kashgar, Xinjiang, a 71-year-old Chinese man recently married his 114-year-old bride. The two lovebirds first met in a nursing home and applied for their marriage certificate a year later. The wedding ceremony took place on October 9.

The unusual couple was in the company of several bride maids of an average age above 80, and best men aged over 70.

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The groom, named Zheng, told a local news station: “I’ve always been poor and uneducated. I broke my legs when I was hit by a train at the age of 20. I would’ve never dared to dream that I would still live to see such a wonderful day.”

Zheng also explained he had been living in a social welfare center for a long time. Although he was well taken care of, he always missed that one special person by his side. His bride Zhang Shuying was the first one to care for him: “I am disabled and nobody would marry me; people usually ignore me. Until I met her. She doesn’t mind that my legs are no good, and I don’t mind that she’s (..) years older than me. As long as she lives, I will be with her every day, to talk to her and pour her a cup of tea, and take good care of her.”

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News about the special marriage has also made its rounds on Chinese social media. “This type of news always makes me very hopeful about the future,” one person responds.

A female netizen writes: “I have this feeling that my future lover has not been born yet..”

“People have the right to pursue love no matter what age they are,” one netizen says.

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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    Роза

    October 12, 2016 at 6:58 am

    молодцы, здоровья и счастья на долгие годы!!!

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    Dmitry Dzhagarov

    October 12, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    71-year + 22 years = 93 not 114 something wrond in this article

    • Manya Koetse

      Manya Koetse

      October 12, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      You are completely right. We took it over from a local news source (““我是个残疾人,一直就没人看得上我,没人愿意跟我结婚,只有她不嫌弃我没有双腿,我也不介意她比我大22岁,只要她活着一天,我就每天陪着她说话,给她端茶倒水,好好伺候她……”) but you are right that the number don’t add up. Thanks!

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      KKKMOONMANKKK

      November 3, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      black lives don’t matter

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    BizUyghur

    October 12, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    I know you got it from a online source (local news station) but the source got every facts wrong other than the marriage of these old couple.

    1. The couple are Uyghurs from Maralbeshi County (Bachu in Chinese) in Kashgar. The names of bride and groom in the article are Chinese names.

    2. The wedding took place in Maralbeshi County Not in 平度市 in Shandong province the source claimed.

    3. She is not 22 years older than him. 114 – 71 = 43

    Thanks for the article but I hope you can use little more credible sources like Xinhua: http://news.xinhuanet.com/photo/2016-10/10/c_129316048_2.htm

    • Manya Koetse

      Manya Koetse

      October 12, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you for your comment. At the time of publishing, the available sources were limited (the Xinhua source mentioned by you is a day after the What’s on Weibo article), but you are right that the local news station mentioned some mistakes which we did not notice. Thanks!

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China’s Shulan City in “Wartime Mode” after Recording 13 COVID-19 Infections

Local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases in Shulan.

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The city of Shulan in China’s Jilin Province is top trending on Chinese social media today after local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases.

These are the first local infections in the entire province after a period of 73 days, China News reports, with other previous cases all being infections from abroad.

Last week, on May 7th, a female resident was the first to be tested positive for COVID-19. The city in northeast China is now the only place in the PRC to be marked as “high risk.”

One page on social media platform Weibo dedicated to the topic of Shulan going into “wartime mode” (“战时状态”) had received over 190 million views by Monday evening local time.

What does this “wartime mode” entail?
– All residents stay home, lockdown of residential compounds
– All public places closed
– Schools closed
– All public transportation suspended
– No more selling of fever-reducing medicine in clinics or stores

According to CGTN, a total of 290 people who have been in close contact with the infected patients have been traced and placed under medical observation.

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On Wuhan’s ‘Reopening Day’, Even Traffic Jams Are Celebrated

As the COVID-19 lockdown has ended in Wuhan, many people are happy to see the city’s traffic finally getting busy again. “I hated traffic jams before, now it makes me happy to see them.”

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It was chilly and grey in Wuhan when the coronavirus epicenter city went into a full lockdown on January 23 of this year. On April 8, 76 days later, it is sunny and twenty degrees warmer outside as people leave their homes to resume work or go for a stroll.

The end of the Wuhan lockdown is a special day for many, as the city finally lifted the 11-week-long ban that shut down all travel to and from the city in a radical effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

On Wednesday, city residents returned to work as public transport started again. Roads, bridges, and tunnels were reopened, and the local airport resumed flights.

On Chinese social media, various hashtags relating to the Wuhan lockdown end have become popular topics. Using hashtags such as “Wuhan Lifts the Ban” (#武汉解封#), “Wuhan Open Again after 76 Days” (#武汉暂停76天后重启#), and “Wuhan Reopens” (#武汉重启#), the end of the coronavirus ban is a much-discussed news item, along with the spectacular midnight light show that was organized to celebrate the city’s reopening.

The Wuhan lightshow, image via Xinhua.

“Today has finally arrived! It’s been difficult for the people of Wuhan,” some commenters write.

According to China’s official statistics, that are disputed, over 3330 people have died from the new coronavirus since its outbreak; 80% of these fatal cases were reported in Wuhan. On April 6, authorities claimed that for the first time since the virus outbreak, there were zero new COVID-19 deaths.

Some state media, including People’s Daily, report that the reopening of restaurants and food shops is going smoothly in the city, as people – for the first time since January – are back to buying pan-fried dumplings and noodles from their favorite vendors.

Meanwhile, the fact that the traffic in some Wuhan areas is back to being somewhat congested is something that is widely celebrated on social media.

Some call the mild traffic congestions “great”, viewing it as a sign that the city is coming back to life again after practically turning into a ghost town for all these weeks.

“I hated traffic jams before, now it makes me happy to see them,” one Weibo commenter writes.

“I won’t complain about congested traffic again, because it’s a sign the streets are flourishing,” another Weibo user posted.

While netizens and media outlets are celebrating the end of the lockdown, several Chinese media accounts also remind people on social media that although the ban has been lifted, people still need to be vigilant and refrain from gathering in groups and standing close to each other.

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