Never too old: Great grandma, 100, learns to read and write
If anyone ever needs a poster girl to promote the idea of life-long learning, Madam Zhao Shunjin would most certainly fit the bill.
The great grandmother from Hangzhou decided in June to start learning how to read and write — at the age of 100.
Now, the ex-vegetable seller has given illiteracy the boot following an intensive 10-day course that saw her study for two hours each day.
Madam Zhao is now certified as literate, is able write her own name – something she has never been able to do for a century .
She and has picked up around 100 other Chinese characters.
She can also write her home address as well as the names for a number of fruit and vegetables
Speaking to CNN, her son Luo Rongsheng, 70, said: "My mother has never been to school her entire life.
"She is old and longsighted, but was so determined to learn this time."
Madam Zhao announced the decision to learn at a family dinner.
She had to work hard to get around not being able to read in the past. In 1950s, she received a large written order for vegetables from a university.
As few people in her village knew how to read. she was forced to walk a great distance to find someone who could tell her what the order said, according to Mr Luo.
He added: "She later said to me: 'I've suffered enough from illiteracy — I must get my children educated.'"