“I would rather find something meaningful to do,” says Zhang Yuhzen, a 96-year-old who works every day from 11 pm to 5 am. She has been selling vegetable pies for 30 years. “I don’t want to eat and sleep and play mahjong all day long. It’s not good for your health, and it sets a bad example for the younger generation,” she said. Zhang occasionally gets support from a kind neighbor who helps her out after he finishes his job. After a photographer shared a video of her on social media, Zhang became famous and was flooded with new customers. “I don’t know why I’m famous now. I’m just an old lady who sells pies,” she said.

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