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Huang Shaokuan moves slowly around her ward in Si'an Hospital in the city of Dongguan, on the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong province, always seeming to be waiting for someone. She was born in 1929, the Year of the Snake in the Chinese zodiac, and will be 84 this year. She was stricken with leprosy when she was only 8, and, at 24, was put into quarantine on Daqin, a remote island for sufferers of leprosy, near the city. Several years ago, the authorities moved all the island's patients to Si'an Hospital, which was better equipped to deal with their problems. Huang has eight sisters, four of whom came to visit her at the hospital, on Jan 13. She said it was the happiest day she'd had for years. Feng Yongbin / China Daily
Editor's note: As the Chinese New Year celebration brings in the Year of the Snake, China Daily's photographers and correspondents have been looking for people from across the nation who were born in the Year of the Snake to tell their tales.