An elderly woman in China found her long-lost daughter after approaching a street sweeper for directions.
Hu Jun, 46, was working 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 she left her hometown, Yunyang County, in 1999 to look for work in another province.
Cai was looking for her daughter, and with… help from the policeshe could determine that Hu was in Langzhong.
The local authorities had reportedly planned to reunite the two if not before their chance meeting the day before their planned reunion.
“I was cleaning at the entrance of a school when an old lady came to ask me for directions, and I immediately recognized her as my mother,” Hu said. The cover† “I was so excited, but she didn’t recognize me even after I called her ‘Mom’.”
Though she wasn’t immediately convinced, Cai eventually believed in Hu after police confirmed she was really her daughter.
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Cai’s unexpected reunion with Hu became a popular topic on Chinese social media, with the hashtag “old person asks for directions and meets daughter who has been missing for 24 years” and generates more than 34 million views on Weibo.
Several social media users found the story astonishing, and many of them compared it to a plot from a movie or novel. However, Hu has been criticized online by many users for not making more effort to find her family.
According to Hu, she had lost a piece of paper with her family’s phone number. She later learned that due to the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, her family had been forced to leave their old home, causing her to lose 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 with her now as possible.”
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