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Schermafdruk 2017 10 20 23.32.13CHEN Yuanyu, 90, totters into Xiaolewei Cafeteria and, hands shaking, takes a tray. He walks slowly along the counter, peering at the offerings through thick glasses. He selects two dishes and a bowl of rice. With a waiter’s help, he sits down at a table. This is Chen’s daily routine every lunch and dinner time. He is one of a group of senior citizens living in the Xiaoying Community in downtown Hangzhou who depend on low-cost meals. “I am too old and weak to cook,” said Chen, who lives alone. “The cafeteria is a godsend for me.” Xiaolewei Cafeteria was established especially to cater to those 70 years and older. The menu features soft-texture dishes that are light on sugar and oil. A one-meat, one-vegetable combination dish costs around 10 yuan (US$1.47). In Hangzhou there are 1,011 sites like the Xiaolewei Cafeteria. They are run by private companies, but usually local communities provide the space and kitchen equipment. The companies are exempt from tax. Such sites are considered a vital part of the municipal government’s policy of caring for the city’s 1.6 million residents who are 60 years or older. The Hangzhou Civil Affairs Bureau last week issued a guidance paper stating that every community in the city, both urban and suburban, will be equipped with . . . . . read more


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