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Alimihan Seyiti
Alimihan Seyiti
Alimihan Seyiti on her claimed 135th birthday in 2021.
Birth: 25 June 1886?
Shule County, Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang, Qing dynasty (China)
Death: 16 December 2021
Shule County, Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang, China
Age: 135 years, 173 days?
Country: ChinaCHN
Longevity myth

Alimihan Seyiti [Chinese: 阿丽米罕·色依提] (25 June 1886? – 16 December 2021) was a Chinese longevity myth. She was China's "oldest living claimant" from 2013 to her death in 2021, according to the Gerontological Society of China.


Early Life and Family

Alimihan Seyiti claimed to be born in Kumxilike Township, Shule County, Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang, Qing dynasty (China) on 25 June 1886. She was of Uyghur ethnicity. According to her adoptive daughter, she never went to school.

At the age of 17, Seyiti married Turdi Ruzi [Chinese: 图尔迪·如孜]. The couple never had children, but adopted a son, who died at age 36. Turdi Ruzi died on illness in 1976.

At the age of 65, Seyiti adopted a eight months old daughter, Tajigul Tur [Chinese: 塔吉古丽·吐尔]. Tajigul later married and had 7 sons and a daughter.

Later Life

Following the death of Luo Meizhen (1885?–2013) on 4 June 2013, the Gerontological Society of China reported Seyiti as the oldest living person in China. She attributed longevity to dressing herself up. She said that she had never been to hospital. She still did chores like feeding chickens.

In November 2014, Seyiti was visited by a journalist of China Business Daily. Although she hadn't teeth anymore, she still liked eating naan and meat. At the time, she hadn't eyesight or hearing problems, but was beginning to have problems with her legs. According to Yang Zhongyuan [Chinese: 杨众元], the deputee-governor of Kumxilike Township, Seyiti's biggest hobbies are "to sing love songs and to chat with people."

In June 2021, Seyiti celebrated her claimed 135th birthday.

Alimihan Seyiti died in Pakunhoyila Village, Kumxilike Township, Shule County, Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang, China on 16 December 2021 at the claimed age of 135 years, 174 days.

Age Issues

Chinese birth records before and into the 20th century are generally unreliable. According to the South China Morning Post, there was no reliable system for certifying most births until after the Communist Party took power in 1949. The only (known) documentation supporting Seyiti's claim is an ID card issued in 2009.

Seyiti's claim was recognized by the Gerontological Society of China. The London-based organisation Carrying the Flag World Records also recognized her as 'the world's oldest person' in 2013.

However, Guinness World Records didn't recognized her claim, as it wasn't substantiated. In August 2014, records manager Charles Warton said: "As we have yet to receive a claim from Mrs Seyiti, we are unable to establish the credibility of her claim."