Who said you could only have one kid in China? This couple from Rong county in Guangxi has had 15 of them in 21 years, including one who died at birth.
The head of this very large family, surnamed Liang, has 14 kids to care for, and his wife is expected to give birth to another child at the end of this year. His wife is now 42 years old and has gained quite a bit of experience at childbirth over the years, taking care of two of them all by herself, even cutting the umbilical cord.
The last man in the picture below is 66-year-old Liang. According to Tencent, he can still carry a huge bag of rice up the mountain without having to stop to catch his breath — so fathering kids at his age is no sweat at all.
The reporter finally arrived at the family’s home after 10 minutes of climbing up a dirt path.
Their home is the only household halfway up the mountain. There is a large yard in front where they plant crops and raise some chickens and ducks.
The yard is also a playground for the kids. When the reporter arrived they were running around and playing, paying no attention to him.
A few years ago, locals would ask Liang to help them do some work. However, since Liang is geting older now, nobody ever comes to him offering work any more. So, this large family has had to survive without essentially any income.
When the reporter asked about his children’s future, Liang said nothing and could only shake his head.
Sadly, their home doesn’t even have a front door.
They do have quite the view of some amazing rice terraces though. You can visit the village and support the family.
The reporter doesn’t say how exactly the family managed to get so big.
By 2007, it was found that only 36% of Chinese people were subject to the “one-child policy,” with minority groups being allowed to have multiple children. Still, we don’t think that any minority group was allowed to have dozens. Liang was likely asked to pay some fines over the years, but considering his income level, those likely didn’t come to much, if he paid them. Presumably, many of his kids were also without their all-important hukou, though last year China announced that 13 million unregistered citizens born in violation of the one-child policy would be granted their household registration.
While in the past, the fact that Liang has fathered 15 kids may have been frowned upon, perhaps now he can become a patriotic hero. In order to hopefully avert total demographic disaster, the Chinese government changed from a “one-child policy” to a “two-child policy” last year. However, it seems that many Chinese couples aren’t interested in having a costly second kid.
By Sophie Wang
[Images via Tencent]