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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.

Manya Koetse

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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.

– By Manya Koetse
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Manya Koetse is the founder and editor-in-chief of whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer, public speaker, and researcher (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends, digital developments, and new media in an ever-changing China, with a focus on Chinese society, pop culture, and gender issues. She shares her love for hotpot on hotpotambassador.com. 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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Chinese Female Homeowner Slapped in Altercation with Nanchang Office Worker

This viral video has exposed the violent actions of Yang, an office worker who initially provoked the anger of local residents and has now ignited fury on Chinese social media as well.

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An incident that happened on September 27th in Jiangxi’s Nanchang has become a major topic of discussion on Chinese social media over the past two days, and all revolves around a viral video that shows a man suddenly striking a Chinese female homeowner across the face.

The backstory of the video revolves around a dispute between the local homeowners and the man, who holds a higher position at the office building situated within the residential area’s property.

Upon discovering that an iron fence, which separated the residential area from the office area, had been cut open without notifying the local homeowners, the woman entered the office building to seek an explanation for why the fence was damaged and breached without the consent of the residential area’s residents. Apparently, employees at the company wanted to create a shortcut.

During the confrontation, the man told the woman: “If you want to talk, go to the community meeting room.” Just as the woman asked him why the fence was cut open with a cutting machine, the man suddenly and forcefully slapped her in the face.

After the incident, the woman was taken to a local hospital for a medical examination, and the police initially intervened in the case as mediators. However, the latest updates on the case reveal that the man is now detained for ten days. Apart from slapping the female homeowner, a 32-year-old woman named Wang, the 43-year-old office worker Mr. Yang reportedly also struck another woman, a 37-year-old local named Cheng.

The video has captured the attention of netizens not just because of the man’s actions towards a woman but also because it seemed to occur out of nowhere. One moment, the man was engaged in conversation with the woman, and the next moment, he suddenly slapped her across the face.

Recently, there have also been other ‘slapping moments’ that went viral on Chinese social media. Earlier this year, the “high-speed train slapping incident”, involving two women arguing on a train and slapping each other in the face, garnering widespread attention (read here). Another recent incident involves the ‘Subway Judge,’ a young man who intervened in a subway argument and suddenly slapped an older man in the face (read here).

As is often the case, a short video may not capture the full context of a situation, and some Chinese netizens who claim to have more information about the incident suggest that multiple office workers were actually involved in the confrontation with the women.

Another video provides additional footage of the altercation, revealing that Yang threatened one of the women with a cutting machine. It also shows how he brought Ms. Wang to the ground after the initial slapping incident.

Local residents and Yang, who is believed to oversee the office department, have been in a longstanding conflict. According to a homeowner’s post on Weibo, when the residents bought their apartments, they were not informed about the nearby office building. They only discovered it when they received their keys.

Initially, Evergrande, the property developer, had promised separate management for the residential and office areas, but due to apparent financial difficulties, this plan was never finalized. The homeowners therefore erected the iron fence to separate the residential and commercial areas, leading to continuous arguments and intimidation between the office workers and the residents.

Mr. Yang on the office side of the fence. He has now reportedly been detained for ten days.

Some Weibo commenters are suggesting that the man’s behavior makes him seem more like a gang member than a typical office worker. In addition to the legal consequences that Yang is facing from local authorities, his reputation is undoubtedly taking a hit.

As of now, Chinese netizens have already exposed his identity, and the internet is never forgiving when it comes to these kinds of incidents, leaving a lasting mark on one’s public image.

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Changsha Restaurant Employee Pays the Price after Protecting Abused Child

A Changsha restaurant employee who intervened when a mother beat her child ended up paying the price for it.

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The story of a restaurant employee who had to pay the price for sharing a video of a mother beating her child has triggered anger on Chinese social media.

The incident happened on September 14, when Mr. Jiang (江), an employee at the ‘Peng Shu’ Western-style restaurant in Changsha, stopped a mother from beating her young daughter at the shopping mall where the restaurant is located.

As reported by the Guizhou media channel People’s Focus (@百姓关注), a mother and daughter at the restaurant drew the staff’s attention when the mother began physically assaulting her daughter.

The mother, clearly overwhelmed by her emotions, resorted to kicking, hitting, yelling, and even attempting to strike her child with a chair, allegedly in response to the child accidentally spilling ice cream on her clothing.

During this distressing incident, which was captured on video, Mr. Jiang and another colleague intervened to protect the child and immediately alerted the police to the situation.

But the one who was punished in the end was not the mother.

The video of this incident was shared online, leading the woman to repeatedly visit the restaurant in frustration over her unblurred face in the video. The police had to mediate in this dispute.

To the dismay of many netizens, the employee ended up being forced to pay the woman 10,000 yuan ($1369) in compensation for “moral damages.” He has since resigned from his job and has left Changsha. A related hashtag was viewed over 110 million times on Weibo (#餐厅员工发顾客打娃视频后赔1万离职#) and also became a hot topic on Douyin.

The majority of commenters expressed their anger at the unjust outcome where a restaurant employee, who had attempted to protect the child, faced repercussions while the mother appeared to avoid any legal consequences for her actions.

“Where is the All-China Women’s Federation when you need them?” some wondered, while others wanted to know why the incident was not followed up with an immediate investigation into the child abuse. Others suggested that if it were a man who had beaten his child, authorities would have been quicker to intervene.

The issue of corporal punishment for children often comes up in Chinese social media discussions. While many people find it unacceptable to beat children, using violence to discipline children is also commonplace in many families.

When China’s first national law against domestic violence came into effect on 1 March 2016, article 5 and 12 specifically addressed the special legal protection of children and made family violence against children against the law.

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