Tian Longyu
Tian Longyu
Tian Longyu at the claimed age of 122.
Birth: 9 June 1893?
Guanzhuang Township, Fenghuang County, Hunan, Qing dynasty (now China)
Death: 28 September 2020
Tuojiang Town, Fenghuang County, Hunan, China
Age: 127 years, 111 days?
Country: ChinaCHN
Longevity claimant

Tian Longyu [Chinese: 田龙玉] (9 June 1893? – 28 September 2020) was a Chinese longevity claimant whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Early Life

Tian Longyu claimed to have been born on 9 June 1893 (28 April 1893 by lunar calendar) in Xinmin Village, Guanzhuang Township, Fenghuang County, situated in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan Province, Qing dynasty (now China). She was of Tujia ethnicity.

A deft woman, Tian worked hard all her life. She had 13 children, but all died at a young age, the oldest having lived to age 18. She adopted a daughter, Zhang Guiying [Chinese: 张桂英]. Since the death of her husband in 1973, she lived alone in the countryside, working as an nanny for some years in Jishou City. In 2006, she moved with her adoptive daughter in the center of Fenghuan County.

Later Life

Since 2008, Tian was reported as the oldest living person in Hunan Province. On her claimed 117th birthday, she said that the secret of her longevity is that the life is better with a smile. But she was also reported to can be quite strict: when her children and grandchildren won't play cards, she angered.

In October 2010, Tian was visited by doctors of Mawangdui hospital. She was grateful of what the Communist Party made to make elderly people enjoy their old age: "President Mao's house was a bungalow, not as good than our ones now."

On her claimed 118th birthday in 2011, Tian was reported to be lucid and in good physical shape. At the time, Tian's youngest granddaughter was 22 years old. According to her granddaughter Teng Zhaoxun [Chinese: 滕召旬], Tian insisted to take a walk every day, and still can help for simple house chores.

Teng says the secret of longevity of her grandmother is to eat often eat vegetables and rarely eat meat; she eats two melas a day. She also credited her joyful personnality, that she likes walking and talking, and that she woke up and went to bed with the sun. Tofu was Tian's favourite meal. In 2012, some of Tian's younger siblings were alive, some of them were near age 100.

In October 2014, Tian was reported to be the oldest living Tujia person. She was also listed her as the fourth-oldest living person in China, after three Uyghur women: Alimihan Seyiti, Dirajemhan Sulitan and Turupu Aimeti. In August 2015, Tian said the journalists: "My doctor tell me I'm in good health and that I can live to more than 150 years !"

Tian died of natural causes on 28 September 2020 in Tuojiang Town, Fenghuang County, Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan Province, China, at the claimed age of 127 years, 111 days.



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