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Sisters reunited

Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau’s award-winning movie Lost and Love was based on a true story in which a farmer doggedly searched for his abducted son, riding on a motorcycle all over China for 15 years looking for him.

Thanks to advances in technology, two sisters in Zhejiang – who had been separated for more than four decades – have just shared an emotional reunion in a much easier way.

According to Wenzhou Evening News, Lin Chunwei was dumped by her parents when she was born at an orphanage in Rui’an county in Wenzhou. Apart from a note saying she was born in 1977, Lin knows nothing about her original family. She was adopted by a childless family and with the encouragement of her adopted parents, she began looking for her relatives about 10 years ago.

She then joined a WeChat group which helps people in Rui’an look for their relatives (apparently being separated from one’s family is more common than you would expect in Wenzhou). In one group meeting in July this year Lin met Lin Chongchu. They became good friends and would talk a lot over WeChat. However, as days went by they began to suspect that they were related because of their very similar appearance. And incredibly, a DNA test at a Wenzhou hospital last week proved that they are blood sisters. Lin Chongchu was born a year earlier than her sibling in 1976 and she was also adopted by a family in Rui’an after she too was given away by her parents.

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