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Liang Yuxiang, 61-Year-Old Granddad with Killer Body

Need some motivation to hit the gym? Liang Yuxiang is China’s latest internet sensation. The 61-year-old grandpa from Chengdu has got a killer body and a strong mind.

Manya Koetse

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Need some motivation to hit the gym? Liang Yuxiang is China’s latest internet sensation. The 61-year-old grandpa from Chengdu has got a killer body and a strong mind.

The 61-year-old Liang Yuxiang (梁钰祥) from Chengdu has become the latest Weibo sensation. The six-pack-granddad has become an online celebrity now that different Chinese media have published his pictures. But besides a hot body, Liang also has an inspirational outlook on life.

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Chinese state media outlet People’s Daily posted about Liang on their Weibo account, saying that the grandfather loves exercising and car racing. He has already raced across the country, and now dreams of competing in the Dakar Rally: “The life of elderly should not only be about their grandchildren,” he says.

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“Exercising is not a hobby, it’s a habit.”

Born and raised in Chengdu, Liang has worked in clothing factories when he was younger and started his own business in making lamps since 1991. Around 2000, he noticed he was getting out of shape, when an old friend advised him to take up exercising. Liang got so hooked on working out, that he even set up his own gym in his lamp factory, Chinese newspaper WCC Daily reports. Besides focusing on his own exercising routine, he also encouraged his staff at the factory to participate. “Many people see exercising as a hobby,” he says: “But I see it as a habit.”

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“Only eat ’til you’re 70% full.”

Contrary to what you might expect, Liang is reportedly an absolute food lover with a specific preference for meat. Having had surgery for some stomach problems in the past, Liang is serious about his diet and always sticks to his golden rule: “Stop eating when you’re about 70% full.”

Besides this principle, Liang eats whatever he wants and snacks when he feels like it. “The body has a very strong self-regulating capacity,” he says: “So whenever you feel like eating something, it’s probably because your body needs it.”

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“Determined to ride the Dakar Rally.”

According to his friends, Liang has only become younger and more lively since he started working out. His exercise routine has brought him both physical and mental benefits. According to WCC Daily, Liang is determined to participate in the Dakar races, known as the most dangerous in the world – he might do so in 2017 or 2018. “But first, my main goal in 2016 is to ride the rally from Moscow to Beijing,” Liang says.

Besides exercising and racing, Liang has another passion: paragliding. He took up paragliding in 2006, when he was doing a cross-country car rally in Europe and saw the paragliders in the Alps. He was so impressed that he immediately joined a club when he got back to Chengdu. It took him about a month to learn how to do it. He says: “Friends sometimes make of me saying I’m like some sort of amphibian sports fan, as I love both the ground and the air.”

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“Granddad, you’re so hot.”

On Weibo, Liang’s pictures have attracted hundreds of comments, with many people taking Liang as a role model. “Good, good, good. Good figure, good body, good health. This kind of elderly people really deserve our praise,” one netizen says.

“Granddad, you’re so hot,” one another Weibo user comments. Another netizen says: “This is the kind of attitude towards life that people need.”

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– By Manya Koetse

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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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‘Two Sessions’ Proposed Ban on Single Women Freezing Their Eggs

Weibo talks egg freezing.

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It was the number one trending topic of the day on Weibo earlier this week: the proposal to make it illegal for hospitals and clinics in China to provide the service of freezing eggs to unmarried women.

Chinese physician Sun Wei (孙伟), National People’s Congress delegate, is the person to raise the issue of no longer allowing medical facilities in China to freeze eggs. She is the director of the Reproductive Medicine Unit at the No.2 Affiliated Hospital of Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Sun Wei submitted the proposal during the Two Sessions (lianghui), China’s largest annual legislative meetings, in order to encourage Chinese citizens to “marry and reproduce at the appropriate age.” Sun also mentions potential health risks as a reason to ban egg freezing services.

On Weibo, one news post reporting on the issue received nearly 835,000 likes. The hashtag “Proposal to Prohibit Single Women From Freezing Their Eggs” (#建议禁止单身女性冷冻卵子#) received over 710 million views.

Sun Wei (image by Vista看天下).

The proposal goes against the proposition of a National Committee member during the lianghui, that of Peng Jing (彭静), that supports single women’s rights in freezing their eggs.

It also comes after the 31-year-old Teresa Xu (Xu Zaozao) filed a lawsuit against a Beijing medical facility in December of 2019 for refusing her the treatment of freezing her eggs, arguing it was effectively discriminating against single women. In doing so, Xu challenged China’s regulations on human assisted reproduction, which bar single women from getting the procedure.

Artificial insemination itself is not illegal in China when it is done by a married couple; it is only against the law when done by those who are not lawfully married.

It is not the first time the discussion on egg freezing erupts on Chinese social media. In 2015, Chinese actress and director Xu Jinglei (徐静蕾) stated in an interview that she had nine eggs frozen in the United States at the age of 39, calling them her “back-up plan.”

Xu’s statement made artificial insemination an issue of public interest, especially because unmarried women in China cannot carry out this procedure.

Although single women in China technically could have their eggs frozen – if they have the financial capacity to do so – they would not be able to have them inseminated unless they provide three certificates: their identification card, their marriage certificate, and their ‘zhunshengzheng‘ (准生证 ) – the ‘Permission to give Birth’, which would not be issued without the marriage certificate. In short: single women would not be able to have a baby through artificial insemination, because they would not be able to get the required legal papers to go through with the procedure.

At the time of the 2015 discussion, the famous Chinese blogger and writer Han Han (韩寒) shared his thoughts on the issue: “Why can’t women decide for themselves whether or not they want to have children? And what if an unmarried woman does get pregnant, and they don’t get a ‘Permission to give Birth’? Then the child cannot even get a residence registration.”

“Why should having a baby be bound together with marriage? Even I, a simple straight guy, cannot see the logic in this,” Han Han wrote.

In the discussions that are going around Chinese social media this week, there are many netizens that take a similar stance as Han Han did, arguing that single women should have the right to freeze their eggs, and wondering why they would not be allowed to do so in the first place.

Various Weibo commenters write that individuals should have the right to make their own decisions about whether or not they would like to have children. One Weibo thread where people are asked about their opinion on the matter, the majority of the 16,000+ responses say they support single women being able to freeze their eggs.

“[I] support [it], [I] support [it], [I] support [it], [I] support [it], [I] support [it]…” – this Weibo user clearly thinks single women should be able to decide for themselves whether or not they would like to freeze their eggs.

However, there are also some web users opposing this idea, arguing that it is “not morally right” and does not provide a “normal family environment” to children.

Whether Sun Wei’s proposal will lead to actual changes in the law is yet to be seen, although it would virtually not alter the current situation regarding egg freezing in China. It already is virtually impossible for unmarried women to freeze their eggs as a “back up plan” and it would just make the impossible even more impossible.

By Manya Koetse
With contributions from Jialing Xie

Featured image Photo by 东旭王

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Schools in China Are Reopening, But Will Lunch Breaks Ever Be the Same Again?

Chinese students are back to school, but school life is not back to normal.

Manya Koetse

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As most schools across China are opening their doors again, social media users are sharing photos of what school life looks like in the post-COVID-19 outbreak era this week.

Some videos and images that are circulating on Weibo and Wechat show somewhat dystopian images of the post-COVID-19 school life at primary and (senior) high schools – students eating while standing outside in straight lines, or pupils wearing face masks taking turns to eat their lunch (supposedly to reduce the chances of contagion via respiratory droplets, see tweeted video below).

Most schools in China have already started or will open later this month. Only Hubei province and Beijing have not yet announced school reopening plans, Caixin reports.

But although China is gradually back to business after its weeks-long coronavirus lockdown, daily life is far from normal as the country remains on high alert for a possible second wave of COVID-19 infections.

Schools are therefore also taking strict precautions to reduce infection risks both in and outside of the classroom.

Lunch break policy and procedures are just one of the many things that have changed at Chinese schools now.

On Weibo, ‘Henan Education’ is one of many accounts posting about the dramatically different way of eating at China’s school canteens in these post-COVID-19-outbreak times.

In Xingyang city, for example, special supervisors have been allocated to high schools to maintain the order and reduce the number of students gathering at the school entrances and assist students with lunch break seatings at the canteen.

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At a senior high school in Kaifeng, all students have their lunch breaks in the canteen at one side of the table only, leaving enough space in between the other students.

Other schools have set up their canteens like examination rooms, only allowing one student per table, only facing one direction.

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One Weibo user posts how her Tianjin school is preparing for the lunch break arrangements, with indicators on the floor marking the direction students should walk in and the distance they have to keep from each other.

One other school in Jiangsu’s Huai’an has put dividers on all lunch tables to separate students while having their lunch break.

“It feels like taking exams,” some commenters write about the new lunch break policies. “We can no longer look around and whisper in each other’s ear.”

One school board in the city of Beihai has decided to make use of its new separating screens to stimulate more studying during lunch breaks; they have printed study material for the upcoming ‘gaokao‘ exams on the dividers.

Some netizens think that other schools will follow this example if it appears to be effective. In that way, the post-COVID-19 lunch break will turn into just another study opportunity.

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By Manya Koetse (@manyapan)
With contributions from Miranda Barnes
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