Reunited after 30 years: Man, 33, breaks down in tears as he finally finds his parents after being separated from them as a child
- Cheng Xueping wandered away from a construction site where his father worked
- He was only three years old when he got lost and was separated from his parents
- Police in south-west China reunited the family following a positive DNA match
A man who was separated from his parents for more than 30 years broke down in tears when they were finally reunited.
Cheng Xueping went missing in 1988 at a construction site in Guizhou, south-west China where his father worked. Despite the desperate efforts of his parents to find him, the boy was never seen again. He was only three years old.
Three decades later on Friday, the lost son – now a 33-year-old man – finally found his parents after a DNA test confirmed their biological relationship.
Cheng Xueping, 33, hugs his father, Cheng Jiguang and mother, Gao Linzhen as they were finally reunited in Nanbu county in south-west Sichuan province after 30 years of separation
The family of three took each other into a long embrace as other villagers watched on. Cheng Xueping finally found his parents after a DNA test confirmed their biological relationship
At the tearful reunion, the 55-year-old father, Cheng Jiguang, and mother, Gao Zhenling, dropped to their knees the moment they saw their son.
The family of three took each other into a long embrace as other villagers watched on and wiped away happy tears.
The couple said they spent three decades searching for their boy, who was born in Nanbu county in Sichuan province in 1985.
Their son had been under his grandmother’s care while the couple worked in Guizhou, a nearby province nearly 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) away to earn more money.
Wishing he could spend more time with his baby boy, Jiguang decided to have the child move to Guizhou as well.
The couple said they spent three decades searching for their boy, who was born in Nanbu county in Sichuan province in 1985. He got lost at a construction site in Guizhou in 1988
The father told reporters that he lived in guilt for 31 years over his decision to relocate his son
But one day in 1988, the child wandered away while playing at the construction site where Jiguang worked. The father told China News that he lived in guilt for 31 years over his decision to relocate his son.
The found was later found and taken to Jize county in north China’s Hebei Province – more than 1,700 kilometers (1,056 miles) away from Guizhou, where he eventually grew up in a foster family.
His first foster parent was a single man who later gave him up after he marrying and having children of his own, according to Cover News.
The man’s brother then took the boy in, despite already having children of his own.
Xueping said he knew he was adopted at a young age because his peers would laugh at his ‘strange’ southern Chinese accent. As a result, he was never close to his foster family and had always been determined to find his biological parents.
He registered on a Chinese website called Baby Back Home, a non-profit organisation that helps families track down lost children.
Xueping said he knew he was adopted at a young age because his peers would laugh at his ‘strange’ southern Chinese accent. As a result, he was never close to his foster family and had always been determined to find his biological parents
The Cheng family enjoy a reunion meal in their village in Sichuan province after the reunion
Authorities at the Nanbu County Public Security Bureau said they were first alerted to a possible DNA match in July 2018.
Xueping’s parents were asked to provide further samples in the beginning of this year, and on February 15 authorities confirmed that the couple were indeed the man’s biological parents.
At a tearful reunion in Xueping’s real hometown, he saw his parents for the first time in 31 years.
‘I would not have seen my son again without your help. No amount of money could have brought him home,’ said the elated father in a speech thanking the police.
Child abduction and trafficking has been a serious problem in China, with an estimated 70,000 children going missing each year for forced labor, adoption or prostitution, according to China Daily.