The China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) is a landmark survey of the middle-aged and elderly in China. Spearheaded by Peking University’s National School of Development, the study aims to collect multidisciplinary data, ranging from socio-economics status to health conditions, to be used to support the scientific analysis of China’s ageing issues. The Charls baseline study polls a nationally representative sample of more than 17,700 individuals from more than 10,000 households, in 150 counties/districts in 28 of China’s 30 provinces (excluding Tibet). The individuals will be followed up every two years. 


Increasing wealth and urbanisation on the mainland have led to a dramatic change in eating habits – and a matching shift in the causes of premature death, writes Jeanette Wang

Zhao Yaohui has been working out of her office at Peking University's National School of Development for almost a decade, and it shows.


A landmark study shows mainland's elderly still get significant support from their children, but the one-child policy could change that forever.

About one in three Chinese elderly report having poor health, and nearly one in four have consumption levels below the poverty line, according to findings released today from a landmark survey of Chinese adults aged 45 and over. With a rapidly ageing population – the fastest in the world – China is clearly faced with the challenge of putting in place adequate health care and retirement support for this growing elderly population of 60 years and over.

A landmark study on China's ageing population aims to provide answers to the raging debate over whether the nation will grow rich before it grows old, and if the country's nascent social safety net is equal to the tasks ahead.