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China Exclusive: Chinese elderly get into Valentine's spirit

(Xinhua)

15:03, February 14, 2012

BEIJING, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- On a freezing afternoon, 80-year-old Zhao Qian bought a box of black chocolate, a Valentine's gift prepared for his wife, who has been restricted to bed, paralysed, after cerebral hemorrhage 10 years ago.

Zhao, a resident at Jinsuijiayuan Community in the north China city of Hohhot, heard about Valentine's Day on TV, and decided to do something for his wife.

"I wanna seize every chance to treat her better and make her happy," he said.

Valentine's Day which fell on Tuesday, is not only celebrated by youngsters, but also by many old folk in China nowadays.

Li Cai'er and his wife Liang Jianming, who have been married for over 40 years, had a photographer take photos of them in their wedding dress for Valentine's Day.

"We couldn't afford any wedding shots when we got married, and now, we also want to have our own wedding photos and celebrate a romantic Valentine's like youngsters do," said the 65-year-old from the northern province of Shanxi.

Li also prepared to spend more than 2,000 yuan (318 U.S. dollars) on a ring and presented it to his wife.

According to data from China's largest online trade platform taobao.com, the number of people over 50 who bought flowers and chocolate more than doubled from the same period of last year.


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