A pair of centenarians in 2012 Sanya Nanshan Healthy Longevity Cultural Festival
On October 23rd the 2012 Sanya Nanshan Healthy Longevity Cultural Festival was held in Nanshan. During this year’s festival a large-scale cultural entertainment show was held in the Nanshan Cultural Tourism Area. Selected healthy senior citizens were awarded prizes at the event.
The Sanya Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone is well known for having an unusual community of citizens who live to a grand old age. In China, Hainan has the largest population of citizens over 100 years old, and Nanshan has the highest percentage of old age people in its population.
According to reports, the number of centenarians in Hainan has now reached 1,610, which means that there are 17.73 people over 100 per 100,000 citizens residing in the province. It is estimated that the permanent aging population in Hainan will reach 1,378,000 in 2015, accounting for 14.66% of the total population, with 225,000 elderly people over eighty years old.
Held once every other year, the Nanshan Longevity Cultural Festival honors senior citizens and features art and cultural performances, as well as painting, calligraphy and other assorted activities. The festival aims to promote and develop the traditional virtue of the Chinese nation of respecting and venerating the old, boosting tourism and cultural development for the senior citizens of Nanshan, while cultivating the brand of the festival.
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