Chinese man living at airport for 14 years wanted to get away from his family

A Chinese man has lived in an airport for 14 years because he “wanted to smoke and drink without his family disturbing him”.

ei Jianguo, who is in her 60s, has called Beijing International Airport home since 2008.

He has lived in Terminal 2 of the airport for 5,198 days and does not plan to return home with his wife and parents to Wangjing, about 20 km away, although he has occasionally left the airport.

“I can’t go home because I don’t have any freedom there. There is nowhere hotter than here,” he told China Daily.

“My family told me that if I wanted to stay, I had to quit smoking and drinking. If I couldn’t do it, I had to give them all my monthly government allowance of 1,000 Yuan (around €142). But then, how could I buy my cigarettes and my alcohol? »

Police often ask Wei to leave the airport and on one occasion even drove him home to Wangjing after a video of him eating noodles in the terminal’s waiting area went viral .

However, he said he always found his way back.

“I get kicked out, lay low, then come back, like the good old days,” he said.

“At least I have my freedom at the airport.”

Surprisingly, Wei doesn’t hold the record for the longest life in an airport.

Turkish man Bayram Tepeli moved to Istanbul Ataturk Airport in 1991 to get away from family issues and lived there for 27 years before the airport closed in 2019. He now lives at Sabiha Airport Gokcen.

And Brazilian Denis Luiz de Souza has lived at São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport in Brazil for around 22 years after taking refuge at the airport in 2000 to escape a family dispute at home.

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