Centenarian Taipei barber continues to cut hair after 70 years

Lin Neng-huo given Father's Day celebration by Huashan Social Welfare Foundation

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/31
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Centenarian barber in Taipei cuts hair for 70 years (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A childless centenarian barber who lives in solitude in Taipei had an unforgettable Father’s Day experience on Tuesday (July 30) surrounded by a group of social workers from the Huashan Social Welfare Foundation (華山基金會).

Lin Neng-huo (林能火), 101, owns a nondescript barbershop on Dihua Street. He relocated to Taiwan from China with the Nationalist Government and has practiced his trade for over 70 years, reported the Central News Agency.

Widowed 56 years ago, Lin dedicates his life to his profession, working full-time from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. Even though customers are scarce, with about two appointments a week, Lin insists on running the shop, saying “I will continue the trade as long as there are customers.”

Despite his age, Lin stays active and healthy and maintains a simple dietary regimen that includes sweet potatoes and congee. His movement may be slow and his tools worn-out, but he remains extremely focused and cuts hair with meticulous attention to detail, wrote CNA.

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