The number of centenarians has almost doubled in Baoding, Hebei, over the past six years.
Six years ago, there were only 83 of such longevity. By the end of last year, 164. Of that number, 140 were women, with the oldest one, surnamed Zhang, 108.
Most of them are in good health and said they had fought off the ravages of old age by living a simple life, remaining optimistic, having a low-fat diet, doing regular exercise and living with their family members in harmony, a survey released last week found.