A woman claimed to be the world’s oldest person celebrated her 131st birthday on Sunday with some of her 56 descendants in attendance.
The China News Service reports that Alimiha Seiti was born on June 15, 1886.
Alimiha, who lives in Shule County in the Kashgar region of China’s western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, says she loves talking to people and often sings when she is in a good mood.
The gregarious lady says she loves having visitors and that someone comes to see her most days.
Local doctor Abdul Rusuli reportedly checked her over on her birthday and found normal blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
It was not reported how Alimiha celebrated her birthday but some of her family were there.
The Gerontological Society of China named Alimiha as the country’s oldest person in a 2013 report and a London body Carrying the Flag World Records recognises her claim to be the world’s oldest person.
But Guinness World Records, with a different standard of proof of age, lists Jeanne Calment as the world’s oldest ever person.
Frenchwoman Ms Calment was born in 1875 and died in 1997, having lived 122 years and 164 days.
The oldest man ever was Jiroemon Kimura of Japan, who died on 12th June 2013 after having lived 116 years and 54 days.
Alimiha is said to have been born in the same year that Karl Benz pioneered the first successful gasoline-powered car in Karlsruhe, Germany.
It’s also when Lord Salisbury resigned as British Prime Minister, before William Ewart Gladstone introduced the first Irish Home Rule Bill to parliament.
In 1886 Apache Chief Geronimo surrenders to the end last major US-Indian war, while the Statue of Liberty was dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland in a ticker-tape parade.