China has an alarming number of elderly people, which is bad economically, but nice in other ways, because old people are awesome. Here are the ten best examples from the past year.
10) 70-year-old man fighting cancer skydives with wife to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary
After fighting stomach cancer for three years, a 70-year-old man decided to start living his life to the fullest, going to live with his son in Australia to try new experiences like skydiving with wife to mark their 50th anniversary.
“I’d never thought of traveling abroad. I’m on the cloud nine as I discover something new every day here. The world is so big!”
9) 92-year-old Guizhou villager treated to home-cooked Italian birthday banquet ordered online for 5,000 RMB
Alibaba is trying more and more to expand into the villages, which means that sometimes we get to see a 92-year-old Guizhou villager enjoying an imported Italian banquet of lobster, shrimp and pizza.
“Wow, they put the stuffing on the outside of the pies!”
8) 73-year-old Zhejiang tourist gets lost in Forbidden City, tries to walk the 1,500km back home
This 73-year-old tourist surnamed Yu had his own version of the Long March after getting separated from his tour group at the Forbidden City and deciding the best course of action was to hoof it back home to Zhejiang, some 1,500 km away.
INTERLUDE: GRANDPA’S GIRLFRIEND
Grandpa with selfie stick sees a model that he fancies at a car show, wants to capture the moment forever.
Posted by Shanghaiist on Wednesday, December 9, 2015
7) 84-year-old man gets tennis degree after 10 years at Wuhan sports university
It’s never too late to learn, take this elderly gentleman from Wuhan for example who earned his degree in tennis after a decade of study at the ripe, young age of 84.
6) 70-year-old pole dancer pulls off intense moves in Chengdu
While many elderly women in China spend their free time joining in public square-dancing sessions or accompanying their husbands on backwards walks through the park, this 70-year-old woman in Chengdu practices pole dancing in her very own bedroom.
“It is just a kind of dance, it isn’t a vulgar dance. And my family members all support me. I want to prove that age does not mean anything as long as you persist.”
INTERLUDE: GRANDPA’S RIDE
Faster, faster, FASTER!
Posted by Shanghaiist on Friday, November 20, 2015
5) 80-year-old male amateur fashionista makes, models his own dresses
This 80-year-old amateur fashion designer from Sichuan made a giant splash in the online art scene this year after fiercely showing off a white dress of his own design by modeling it himself.
4) 79-year-old man builds a customized wheelchair for his sick wife so that he can always stay with her
Xu Suobao made this special wheelchair for his wife who has been suffering from rheumatism for nearly 40 years, so that he can always keep up and watch over her.
“She always wants to go around outside, go to the park, to the hospital. She would ‘drive’ her wheelchair and I would follow along behind, but if the distance was too great then I simply couldn’t keep up, but I would worry if she went off alone, so I made some changes to her wheelchair.”
INTERLUDE: GRANDMA’S MOVES
ALWAYS dance like no one is watching.
Posted by Shanghaiist on Saturday, December 12, 2015
3) This 93-year-old grandpa from Guangzhou could kick your ass
Click here for tickets to the antique gun show. BOOM!
2) Amazing Chongqing couple celebrates their 70th anniversary by recreating their wedding pictures
On November 24, 1945, in Chongqing’s Northern Hot Springs Park, a young newlywed couple snapped some photos on their long-awaited wedding day. 70 years later to the day, the couple returned to the same park to remember their platinum anniversary and retake those photos from so long ago.
“When we are both 100 years old, we will come back again, ok?”
INTERLUDE: GRANDPA’S GROOVE
Your Saturday mid-morning jam, brought to you by this guy in the park.
Posted by Shanghaiist on Friday, December 18, 2015
1) 79-year-old model outshines all others at China Fashion Week
Actor Wang Deshun, 79, walked the runway during China Fashion Week in Beijing on Wednesday looking remarkably better than many of the younger models with whom he shared the stage.
Watch a video of the show here (Wang makes an extremely fierce appearance around the 2:05 mark):
WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS…
Seen in Lishui: this elderly busker is a one-man band of traditional Chinese instruments.
Posted by Shanghaiist on Saturday, November 7, 2015