The old saying ‘it’s never too late to find love’ has rung true for a 71-year-old Chinese pensioner after he married a 114-year-old woman.
The man, identified only by the surname Zheng, said it was love at first sight when he met his older bride, Zhang Shuying, around a year ago.
But it took more than a year of courtship for the man to convince the super-centenarian to be his wife.
They fell in love when he was forced into move into a nursing home in China’s Bachu County.
Zheng, who has been disabled since a train accident 50 years ago, said his bride was one of the first to care for him when he arrived and he always found her ‘kind’ and ‘gentle’.
But Zhang is said to have been reluctant to start a relationship with the man – who is 43 years younger than her – saying that she did not wish to commit at such a great age.
That reluctance eventually faded away, and the lovebirds recently tied the knot in a nursing home in front of dozens of residents and carers.
They registered their marriage at the local government office, receiving certificates which have been stamped and authenticated.
After their wedding, Zheng said: “I am uneducated and poor. A train accident broke both my legs when I was 20, so I never dreamt I’d live to see such a happy day.”