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Retired Chinese bank teller is 103 years old ... and counting

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 August, 2016, 1:24pm
UPDATED : Monday, 01 August, 2016, 1:30pm

A 103-year-old Chinese retired bank teller is still continuing his lifelong habit of counting money – even though he is mostly confined to his bed, mainland media report.

Lin Yongqing, who lives in the city of Pengzhou, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, spent his whole working life as a bank teller, and enjoyed his job so much that his children leave a pile of 100-yuan notes beside his pillow every day for him to count, the news website reported.

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Before Lin turned 100, he was still able to walk up and down the stairs at his home by himself and go outside out to play mahjong at the homes of friends living nearby, the report said.

Nowadays he spent most of his time in bed listening to Chinese opera on radio, smoking tobacco – and counting cash – while his children and 90-year-old wife served him his meals, and his favourite type of cake, the report said.

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Another elderly resident from the same city, Liu Guiyun, celebrated his 102nd birthday this year, the article said.

Liu, who lives with his 75-year-old blind son, took care of most of the household chores that required good eyesight, reported.

Pengzhou, which has a population of more than 760,000 people, has 49 centenarians.

Most of them lived in rural areas and their longevity was partly the result of them staying fit and healthy as a result of them carrying out physical agricultural work for many years, the report said.