Li Suqing, born into a peasant family in Liaoning back in 1899, has died at the ripe old age of 117. For the past eight years she has been the oldest of Shanghai’s longevity stars and the last living Shanghai resident to have been born in the 19th century.
According to the Shanghai Morning Post, Li had one daughter, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Li’s daughter, whom she gave birth to at the age of 41, had moved in with her during her final years to take care of her.
And what exactly is the secret to becoming one of Shanghai’s oldest residents? Li says her breakfast routine has remained unchanged for years: a cup of milk, an egg and walnut powder. Like many other Chinese, she was very partial to a cup of green tea.
Li said the longevity runs in her family. Her mother and younger brother lived to 94 and 98 respectively. She suffered no serious chronic illnesses throughout her life, but for the few years past has been getting pneumonia once every year. The same illness which finally led to her passing.
Allegedly, the oldest person to have ever lived in China is Luo Meizhen, who died in 2013 at the age of 127, but her case failed to be recognized by international authorities due to controversy over birth certification.
Life expectancy in China has seen vast improvements over the past 2 decades, according to a study published in The Lancet. At present, Shanghai remains the province with longest life expectancy at birth.
The title of oldest resident in Shanghai passes to Zhu Xiaohua, also female, now aged 112.
By Victor Fung
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