April 28, 2012

CHINA: Huang Magan, 107, is one of this county's 81 centenarians

SHANGHAI, China / Shanghai Daily / Life / April 28, 2012

Six of 500 residents in this Longevity Town are centenarians

Huang Magan, 107, works on a loom at her home in Bama County in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region yesterday. The county, known worldwide as a longevity town, has 81 centenarians. This number includes six in Huang's village of about 500 residents. Her husband died in 1999 at the age of 96. Huang only gave up farm labor several years ago when her children talked her out of it fearing she would have an accident. But she is still active in embroidery and loom work and household chores such as washing clothes. Her home is also popular with tourists who she greets almost every day. Corn porridge is a main part of her diet.

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