An elderly woman in China found her missing daughter after approaching a street washer to ask for directions.
Hu Jun, 46, worked in Langzhong, Sichuan Province, earlier this month when a woman approached her to ask for directions.
The woman turned out to be 78-year-old Cai Youxiu, Hu’s mother with whom she lost contact after leaving her hometown of Yunyang County in 1999 to find work in another province.
Cai had been looking for his daughter, and with him assistance from the policeshe was able to establish that Hu was in Langzhong.
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The local authorities had reportedly planned to reunite the two if not for their random meeting the day before their planned reunion.
“I was cleaning in front of a school entrance when an old lady came to ask me for directions, and I immediately recognized that she was my mother,” Hu said. The cover. “I was so excited, but she did not recognize me even after I called her ‘mom’.”
Although he was not immediately convinced, Cai eventually believed in Hu after the police confirmed that she really was her daughter.
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Cai’s unexpected reunion with Hu became one trending topic on Chinese social media, with the hashtag “old person asks for directions and meets daughter missing for 24 years” generates above 34 million views on Weibo.
Several social media users found the story astonishing, and many of them likened it to a plot of a movie or novel. However, Hu received criticism online from many users for not making any more effort to find her family.
According to Hu, she had lost a piece of paper with the family’s phone number. She later found out that her family was forced to leave their old home due to the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, which is why she lost contact with them completely.
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“I tried to send them letters, but they were all returned because the old address was invalid,” Hu said. “I’ve lost too much time with my mother. I promise to spend as much time as I can with her now.”
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