File photo of people resting next to a red wall near Tiananmen Square in Beijing

 
File photo of people resting next to a red wall near Tiananmen Square in Beijing
People rest next to a red wall near Tiananmen Square in Beijing in this November 22, 2010 file photograph. One of every four Chinese will be older than 60 by 2030, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs. The costs of caring for China's rapidly expanding elderly population are likely to be too heavy a burden for the government, forcing Beijing to find cost-effective and creative ways to provide care in myriad localities. The self-help model being practiced among the 1,500 residents of Qiantun offers a cheaper and streamlined alternative to a state-run system. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic/Files