Sailors from the Liaon­ing visit el­derly care home

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By CARRIE QIU in Hong Kong car­rieqiu@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

More than 20 sailors from the vis­it­ing naval for­ma­tion headed by the Liaon­ing — the coun­try’s first air­craft car­rier — joined 40 per­son­nel from the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Hong Kong Gar­ri­son on a visit to an el­derly care home in Kowloon on Mon­day.

The visit was on the fourth day of the naval for­ma­tion’s five-day visit to the city. The ships’ his­toric visit was ar­ranged to cel­e­brate the 20th an­niver­sary of the PLA be­ing sta­tioned in the spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion.

Dur­ing their visit to the Asia Women’s League Ho Le­ung Kit Ting Care and At­ten­tion Home for the El­derly in Kowloon Tong, the mil­i­tary per­son­nel per­formed drills and also sang and danced for the el­derly peo­ple. They then gave out gifts and took time to chat with se­niors.

Lead­ing the naval de­tach­ment was Zhao Jinlu — deputy po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar of a war­ship ac­com­pa­ny­ing the Liaon­ing.

Zhao said it was as­ton­ish­ing to see how en­thu­si­as­tic Hong Kong peo­ple were about vis­it­ing the air­craft car­rier. He hopes the crew’s visit to the el­derly care home will en­cour­age peo­ple to fo­cus more on the needs of se­niors in the city.

Zhao and his per­son­nel do­nated HK$60,000 to the el­derly care home.

He also thanked staff at the home for their ded­i­ca­tion and care, be­fore again of­fer­ing his best wishes to the el­derly.

In re­sponse, the se­niors give the sol­diers sam­ples of their cal­lig­ra­phy work.

Gao Feng, di­rec­tor of PLA Hong Kong Gar­ri­son Head­quar­ters Of­fice, said dur­ing the visit that the Hong Kong Gar­ri­son had dis­patched more than 510 of­fi­cers to visit 10 care homes since 2006. They sub­se­quently met more than 4,600 el­derly peo­ple and young chil­dren.

He also in­vited the el­derly peo­ple to visit the Hong Kong Gar­ri­son bar­racks and dine with sol­diers there.

More than 60 el­derly peo­ple, in­clud­ing six cen­te­nar­i­ans, en­joyed per­for­mances by the sailors and sol­diers.

Tse Yuet-king, who is 110, burst into tears when of­fi­cers vis­ited her. Tse can­not speak be­cause of her ad­vanced age but thanked her vis­i­tors by re­peat­edly hold­ing their hands. Zhao, sit­ting next to her, helped her wipe away tears of joy.

Le­ung Shue, 85, said she was also thrilled by the visit. “It’s a rare ex­pe­ri­ence to have so many sol­diers and sailors vis­it­ing us,” added Le­ung.

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A Navy of­fi­cer from the vis­it­ing air­craft car­rier for­ma­tion led by the Liaon­ing and a res­i­dent of the Asia Women’s League Ho Le­ung Kit Ting Care and At­ten­tion Home for the El­derly in Kowloon Tong give the thumbs-up dur­ing a visit to the cen­ter on Mon­day by a group of of­fi­cers from both the flotilla and the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Hong Kong Gar­ri­son.

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