Guan Yanxia from China’s Shandong province has visited more than 100 elderly relatives of strangers who are unable to visit their parents and grandparents. Photo: SCMP Composite.
Guan Yanxia from China’s Shandong province has visited more than 100 elderly relatives of strangers who are unable to visit their parents and grandparents. Photo: SCMP Composite.

‘Replacement relative’: woman spends US$4,000 to keep empty nesters warm by visiting strangers’ elderly parents

  • 33-year-old who offers free-of-charge ‘replacement relative’ service has visited more than 100 lonely elderly people in past year
  • Videos of her selfless visits posted online prompt outpouring of praise and get more than 36 million likes

Guan Yanxia from China’s Shandong province has visited more than 100 elderly relatives of strangers who are unable to visit their parents and grandparents. Photo: SCMP Composite.
Guan Yanxia from China’s Shandong province has visited more than 100 elderly relatives of strangers who are unable to visit their parents and grandparents. Photo: SCMP Composite.
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