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Under one roof: China's 'huddle' retirement

Some elderly Chinese are opting to retire as a group in rural areas, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, for companionship, lower cost of living, fresh air and greenery

HANGZHOU (Zhejiang) • For several years, retired school teacher Zhu Ronglin and his wife lived in a sprawling three-storey suburban villa all by themselves.

Last July, he decided to invite complete strangers, also retired couples, to live with them in the northern outskirts of Hangzhou, the capital of affluent Zhejiang province in the east.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2018, with the headline ' Under one roof: China's 'huddle' retirement '. Print Edition | Subscribe