Living solo in China

As more people live alone in the country, more will have to be done to deal with challenges such as mental health problems and new forms of housing.

Ageing is a big factor in the rise of China’s one-person households as people live longer and have better health, and as those who lose spouses opt to live alone, says the writer. Living alone in old age leads to social isolation and loneliness and raises the risks of physical and psychological problems. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Some years ago, Liu Qin (not her real name), now 51, had a meltdown at a bus station on her way to her village in Anhui province for the Chinese New Year holidays.

She started shouting and tearing at her clothes, then blacked out and was taken to hospital.

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