Tang Yixiang, born in 1977 at Dunhua, northeast China's Jilin province, married Liu Lili in 2007. After marriage, Tang closed his brickfields and opened a restaurant with his wife in his hometown. Good at management, the couple soon got their first bucket of gold.
At the phase of business expansion, they were bothered with the fact that they were too busy to take care of the seniors and it was difficult to find nannies.
After discussions, Tang and his wife decided to find nursing homes for the seniors. Out of their expectations, they could not find a satisfying nursing home in respect of both service and environment.
The couple did not have the heart to bother the seniors with low life quality. As many of the seniors in their county lack professional nursery, Tang, along with his wife, made a decision to establish high-quality nursing homes.
This couple sold their restaurant and built an apartment for the aged at the open space of Tang's brickfield.
With the hope to set up the best local nursing homes, Tang and his wife invested more than 10 million yuan, including all their savings and bank loans, into this project.
More than 40 senior residents, with six professional nursing staff, settled in this apartment one year after it opened for business in 2013. Among them, the youngest was 68 while the oldest was 94.
Although they shoulder pressures to repay the loans and experience difficulties, the couple has made up their minds to move on.
"China has stepped into an aging society with more senior residents longing for cares. Governments at all levels should pay more attention to their wellbeing. Pension industry is an emerging one with great potential. I hope the government would give policy preferences to this industry, for example tax relief. I also hope that more people could contribute in this field," says Tang.