It could be one of the worst photoshopped picture ever.
The photo was meant to convey the impression that the Chinese government is in touch with the masses.
But after the sloppy editing work, it had the opposite effect. It also incurred the wrath of Chinese netizens.
The picture of four Chinese officials meeting a 103-year-old woman in her home in Ningguo in China's Anhui province was posted on the government website with the caption: "Love and consideration for the elderly is a cherished Chinese tradition.
"They should feel the warmth of the party and the government."
The men are seen towering over Madam Cheng Yanchun, who has obviously been edited into the photo from another image but appears almost doll-sized, Mail Online reported.
One of the party officials has been chopped off at the thigh to incorporate the image, leaving him bizarrely hanging in mid-air.
Chinese users of micro-blog site Weibo were not impressed with the photo taken early last week.
"The brainless propaganda staff will probably be sacked along with these officials."
Even Xinhua, China's official news agency, slammed it. "The officials appear to be floating in the air. In addition, the woman's proportions do not match those of the officials - indicating that the photo may have been faked," the agency said.
Officials told the media that they had visited centenarians during a Chinese festival.
But an employee had merged two shots because the layout of the room had prevented the photographer from capturing the woman and the officials in the same frame.
A government spokesman said: "When the employee of the municipal civil affairs department uploaded the photos... he simply merged two shots.
"We express deep regret to Internet users for its negative influence... We will learn from the experience."
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