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Old Lady Passes Away, Neighbor Gets 500,000 Yuan, is It Legal?

Source: HangzhouTube, ehangzhou, China Daily, Xinhua NewsGood afternoon

A selfless villager who looked after an elderly, childless neighbor for almost 30 yearsand even paid her nursing home billshas received a windfall of 500,000 yuan ($75,500) from her estate. 


The story of 66-year-old Xu Huiming from Shandong village, Ningbo, Zhejiang province, has touched netizens who agreed he should be rewarded for the kindness he showed the late Su Meiyun. 


However, his entitlement to a share of her estate was clouded by the lack of a signed will. 


Xu started looking after his neighbor a few years after her husband died in 1988. "My family took her in as a family member," Xu said. 


In 2008, Su's house, which had fallen into disrepair, was demolished. She was registered by the village authorities as a person without a home and applied for an 80-square-meter plot of land. 


In the meantime, Xu rented accommodation for Su until she was put into a nursing home in 2012. 



Hong Qiuguo, Party secretary of Shandong village, said, "Su showed trust in Xu, and Xu was on call at all times when the nursing home had something to tell him about." Su died in 2016, age 92, and her land application was approved by the village authority a year later. Earlier this year, the land was valued at more than 1 million yuan after it was earmarked for a rural relocation program. 


The village committee agreed that Xu deserved Su's estate as he had looked after her for nearly 30 years. However, the estate could not be transferred to Xu as he was not a legitimate heir and did not have valid legal documentation. 


According to Hong, Su had written a will that all her property be bequeathed to Xu upon her death on the condition he took care of her outstanding debts and funeral expenses. 


However, neither side signed the document as Xu thought Su had no assets or debts. 


Xu followed Hong's advice and took the case to the Jiangbei District People's Court in Ningbo, which recently ruled he was entitled to half Su's estate. 



"The rural homestead land applied for by Su should belong to the collective since it is neither inherited nor bequeathed," said Zhang Haijuan, a judge of the court


"But an appropriate portion of the estate may be given to a person other than the heir, who gave more support to the deceased, according to related laws and regulations." 


Xu received 40 sq m of land, the village authority collective 28 sq m and Su's nephew, Su Weiju, 12 sq m. 


Xu received his share of the estate on Oct 22.



In order to promote benevolent behavior like Xu's, the amount allocated to the village will be used to buy gifts for the elderly, the Ningbo Evening News reported.


Zhejiang Agricultural Expo to open in Hangzhou


The 2020 Zhejiang Agricultural Expo will be held in Hangzhou from Nov 20 to 24.


It will focus on the promotion of rural development achievements, the sale of high-quality agricultural products, trade negotiations, and brand promotion activities.



During the event, the heads of 11 counties will be on site to promote local agricultural products. Multiple livestreams and time-limited steep discounts will be presented both online and offline.


Ningbo named among happiest cities in China


Ningbo, a coastal city in East China's Zhejiang province, was ranked as one of the happiest cities in China in 2020 during the Happy Cities of China Forum 2020, which took place in the province's capital Hangzhou on Wednesday.


An additional nine cities were included on the list, namely Chengdu in Sichuan, Hangzhou in Zhejiang, Guangzhou in Guangdong, Changsha in Hunan, Nanjing in Jiangsu, Zhengzhou in Henan, Xining in Qinghai, Qingdao in Shandong, and Xi'an in Shaanxi.



This year's appraisal took more than three months, incorporating big data collection, questionnaire surveys, material declaration, and experts' reviews.


Hosted by Oriental Outlook magazine and the Liaowang Institute of the Xinhua News Agency, the selection evaluated cities countrywide over a variety of indexes, spanning employment, resident income, public safety, education, transportation and healthcare.



This is the 11th time for Ningbo to be selected as one of the happiest cities in China. Among the nine sub-indexes, index of income gap between urban and rural residents reached 1.77, lower than the national average of 2.64 this year, said Qiu Dongyao, mayor of Ningbo, adding that the city also excels in the natural environment index and the city attraction index.


In addition, Ningbo's Yinzhou and Zhenhai districts were awarded as the happiest districts during the forum. Cixi and Yuyao also won the title of happiest county-level city.




Classical creation


A woman in a classical costume on Wednesday plays an electronic organ as a figure C generated based on her appearance C dances on the screen in sync with the music she plays.


The figure can perform classical, hip-hop and even anime-style dances based on the music. It is the latest experience available in Silk Town in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, and will be unveiled on Thursday.


Location:

  • Between Tiyuchang Road and Fengqi Road in central Hangzhou.



The pedestrian street introduced digital entertainment featuring artificial intelligence during its five-month upgrade and is poised to bring tourists some new experiences.


In Pics: Stone carving artwork in Qingtian County, east China's Zhejiang Province


In recent years, Qingtian County has been vigorously promoting the cultural industry of stone carving. It also makes comprehensive efforts to further boost the prestige of the Qingtian stone carving at home and abroad, trying to increase the overall competiveness of the cultural industry. So far, Qingtian County have more than 20,000 practitioners engaging in the stone carving industry, and over 4,000 professional stone carving artists, including 8 national level and 49 provincial level masters of arts and crafts. The Qingtian stone carving, originated in Qingtian County of Zhejiang Province, is reputed as "embroidery on stone" with its beautiful modeling and refined craftsmanship, and has been loved by people during its thousands of years of history. It was listed in the first batch of the national intangible cultural heritage in 2016.


Photo taken on Nov. 4, 2020 shows a piece of stone carving artwork in Qingtian County, east China's Zhejiang Province. 


Artisans work on Qingtian stone carvings at a studio in Qingtian County, east China's Zhejiang Province, Nov. 5, 2020. 


Photo taken on Nov. 4, 2020 shows a piece of stone carving artwork in Qingtian County, east China's Zhejiang Province. 


Xu Weijun, national level master of arts and crafts, shows artisans how to carve details on a stone at his studio in Qingtian County, east China's Zhejiang Province, Nov. 5, 2020. 


Liu Zhou, provincial level master of arts and crafts, introduces a piece of Qingtian stone carving artwork created by him in Qingtian County, east China's Zhejiang Province in Qingtian County, east China's Zhejiang Province. 


An artisan works on a piece of Qingtian stone carving at a studio in 

Qingtian County, east China's Zhejiang Province. 


Photo taken on Nov. 4, 2020 shows a piece of stone carving artwork in Qingtian County, east China's Zhejiang Province. 


Photo taken on Nov. 4, 2020 shows a piece of stone carving artwork portraying rural scenery in Qingtian County, east China's Zhejiang Province. 



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