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Granny cleans up Beijing's window

(China Daily)

09:16, November 02, 2011

Liu Yuzhen, a volunteer garbage collector in Tian'anmen Square.

BEIJING - This 74-year-old granny has never thought of picking up a tangerine peel off the floor by her bedside and throwing it in the dustbin.

But cigarette butts on Tian'anmen Square? Definitely.

For 17 years, Liu Yuzhen has come with a plastic bag to Tian'anmen Square at about 5 am, a little bit before the first security guards, and voluntarily picked up the scattered garbage on the square.

"I don't sweep the floor at home but I never let go of a single cigarette butt on the square," said Liu Yuzhen. "The square is the window of Beijing, not my bedroom."

Getting up before the sun rises, Liu prepares seafood flavor instant noodles, sometimes with an egg, for her husband, who has been bedridden for years. After working for three or four hours, Liu takes the bus back home around 8 am, before the tourists from home and abroad swarm in and her family wakes up from dreams.

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