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China Daily | Updated: 2022-01-12 09:36

Ming Tinggui, a landlord in Xi'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi province, serves his tenant a free meal. [Photo provided to Xinhua] 

XI'AN-Ming Tinggui, 41, a landlord in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, has become famous online because of his acts of kindness during the city's COVID-19 lockdown.

Xi'an imposed a citywide lockdown on Dec 23 in an effort to curb a resurgence of COVID-19.

Ming had 81 tenants in Yanta district at that time, about 80 percent of whom were students who had moved to Xi'an to attend training classes, begin internships or take China's postgraduate entrance exam, scheduled from Dec 25 to 27.

Most of the students only brought simple belongings that could fit inside a suitcase, with no room for pots or pans to cook with. Under lockdown, they were not allowed to go out, making mealtime a major headache.

Having seen his young tenants living on instant noodles and snacks, Ming decided to cook meals for them.

He bought as many vegetables as possible in the community and told his tenants via WeChat that he could provide dinner for them each day.

His idea was warmly welcomed. The tenants placed their orders in the WeChat group every day, and Ming prepared their meals accordingly.

His wife and 65-year-old mother also joined him to wash vegetables and dishes.

Although there were food supply problems at the beginning of the lockdown, Ming still managed to buy some meat for his hungry young tenants.

Ming received as many as 45 orders a day. Some of the tenants wanted to pay him for the dinner but were refused.

Ming said he cooked the meals not for money but to help those in need.

With the tenants' safety in mind, Ming divided the orders into small groups so that they could fetch their dinner one by one while keeping two meters from each other.

Greatly moved, the tenants reported his good deeds to the local media, shooting him to stardom overnight.

Hearing of his generosity, many people offered to give Ming money to help feed his young tenants-offers Ming politely refused.

Ming has decided to continue to prepare meals for his tenants until the lockdown is over, or at least until takeout food is available.


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