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Wang Aiqin, one of Li’s granddaughters, said that Li has four sons who
take care of her in rotation every month, along wi
th her three daughters. Li can remember all her family members but is slightly deaf.
Li enjoys good relationships with her neighbors, and is healthy, having used to be a farm worker.
She lives a routine life and does regular exercise, while her diet
consists mainly of porridge, steamed buns and vegetables, Wang said.
“She likes to watch some TV programs of traditional operas, and we bought her a TV set,” Wang said.
also learned to do acupuncture and cupping therapy. He said that he likes to study the philosophy contained in Chin
ese medicine, the balance of yin and yang and the five elements, which is also helpful for practicing tai chi.
Haase has been to many cities in China, including Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Harbin. He found that every city in China has its ow
n characteristics. Haase’s hometown Victoria and Changsha have a longstanding friendship. He has made m
any local friends in Changsha, where also met his tai chi teachers, Chinese medicine teachers and his wife.
Haase thinks the most attractive aspect of Chinese culture is Chinese philosophy and Taoism. He has adapted the slow-pace
d lifestyle described in the Tao Te Ching, a book written by Lao Zi, the founder of Taoism. “The pace of life for mod
ern people is too fast. I think everyone should learn from the Tao Te Ching,” he said.
for more than 60 years and stayed true to his original aspirations. As a s
oldier, Zhang defended the country; as a civilian, he works for the people’s well-being, Xi said.
Zhang lives a life of simplicity, purity and indifference to fame and fortune, serving as a role
model for military officers, rank-and-file soldiers and veterans across the country, Xi said.
Zhang, a member of the CPC, was a soldier of Brigade 359 of the Northwest Field Ar
my, one of the main forces of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army during the Liberation War between 1945 and 1949.
He was honored by the Northwest Field Army sever
al times for performing meritorious deeds as he braved enemy fire. He was twice given the honorary title of C