Lonely Chinese man puts himself up for adoption

  • Han Zicheng, an 85-year-old grandfather in China, has had enough of his lonely life and is looking for someone to adopt him
  • Han’s wife is gone and he is out of touch with his sons

An 85-year-old grandfather in China has had enough of his lonely life and is looking for someone to adopt him.

Han Zicheng survived the Japanese invasion, the Chinese civil war, and the cultural revolution, but he knew he could not endure the sorrow of living alone. So last December, Han gathered some scraps of white paper and wrote out “Looking for someone to adopt me” and taped it to a local bus shelter in his busy neighborhood.

“Lonely old man in his 80s. Strong-bodied. Can shop, cook and take care of himself. No chronic illness. I retired from a scientific research institute in Tianjin, with a monthly pension of 6,000 RMB ($950) a month,” he wrote.

“I won’t go to a nursing home. My hope is that a kindhearted person or family will adopt me, nourish me through old age and bury my body when I’m gone.”

Han’s wife is gone and he is out of touch with his sons.

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