“The world is so stupendous that I have to go out and see it!” exclaimed Liu Chengxin, a 101-year-old grandma from Wuxi city, Jiangsu province, the moment that she got her passport along with an Exit-Entry Permit for travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macau a few days ago.
Liu has a total of 10 children, and there are over 50 members of her family, even her youngest daughter, surnamed Han, is nearing retirement. Han told reporters that despite her mom’s old age, she is still in excellent physical condition. She hardly ever gets sick or takes medicine, let alone checks into hospitals, the Beijing Morning Post reports.
Grandma Liu said that her son keeps her company at home. Every day, she takes a two-hour walk in the morning and a four-hour one in the afternoon. As for her diet: “I like eating mixed grains, taros and potatoes a lot, and I love braised pork and sesame dumplings. I can eat a big bowl of wontons and two steamed buns each meal.”
When she was growing up, Grandma Liu had it rough and never had enough time or money to go traveling around. Therefore, her kids want to take her out to see the world. In September, they want to take her to Beijing and then fly to Wuhan. After that, they want to take her on a cruise to Japan and Korea, before traveling to Hong Kong and Tibet. Once confirming that there was no age limit for applications to travel to Hong Kong, Liu’s children got to work.
While Liu has her paperwork all in order, there still might be some problems with her travel plans. Reporters were notified by some travel agencies that they would likely turn down someone over 80-years-old, considering their health risks. Insurance companies also said that there is no type of travel insurance that will cover anyone over 90 years old. As for airlines, they stated that while there is no age limit for passengers, it would be their right to deny boarding if they found that a senior passenger was in poor health.
But hey, rules were made to be broken. Good luck to Granny Liu as she becomes China’s oldest outbound tourist ever!
By Sophie Wang
[Images from Beijing Morning Post]