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Vice Premier Li Keqiang visits elders' home in Hong Kong


10:00, August 17, 2011

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (C, Front) chats with a senior lady during a visit to an elders' home at the Wong Cho Tong Social Service Building in Hong Kong, south China, Aug. 16, 2011. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

HONG KONG, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang visited an elders' home on Tuesday, the first stop of his community inspection tour in Hong Kong.

The social services building, managed by Hong Kong's leading charity organization Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and named after a well-known Hong Kong architect and philanthropist Wong Cho Tong, started operation in 2001 and now serves over 10,000 people every year.

Accompanied by Hong Kong's Chief Executive Donald Tsang and several other local officials, Li walked into the building with a broad smile on his face and shook hands with many elders and chatted with them as he was shown around.

He looked on as elderly residents received physiotherapy services and enjoyed singing and handicraft lessons. He also happily received a clay handicraft.

He was briefed on the home-care services for the elderly and learnt how home-care service teams prepare the meal delivery service. He told the elders that it's one of China's traditional virtues to respect and love the elders, adding that with the continuing social and economic development, the elders will enjoy even better care.

Before his departure, Li presented the elderly with a 55-inch color TV and an electrical wheelchair.

Li arrived in Hong Kong Tuesday morning for a three-day visit to the special administrative region.
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