The city government of Ningguo, Anhui province, apologised for a doctored picture showing city-level officials visiting a centenarian resident on Wednesday.
The photo, which shows four officials, including Deputy Mayor Wang Jun and Yu Anlin, director of the Ningguo Civil Affairs Bureau, visiting a senior citizen, was discovered by netizens on Tuesday on the civil affairs bureau's website and has drawn criticism over the officials' duties.
The Photoshopped picture shows the left side of Wang's body seemingly disintegrating into the background.
The centenarian woman in the picture is seated at Wang's left and appears disproportionately small compared with the officials, who loom above her like giants. (See photos below)
A link called "officials visiting centenarians" was still available on the bureau's website on Wednesday, but the photos had been removed. However, they were widely spread on social networking services.