An emotional family reunion after 24 years went viral both at home and abroad.
The daughter, Kang Ying (born Wang Qifeng), now 28, went missing when she was 3 years old.
Her parents, who are fruitsellers, simply lost track of her on the street one day. Wang Mingqing and his wife, Liu Dengying, underwent an exhaustive search.
Wang became a taxi driver and distributed more than 10,000 flyers to passengers.
Their efforts finally paid off after Shandong Province police drew a sketch of her, which was seen by Kang Ying in a town 12 miles away.
A DNA test confirmed she was Wang and Liu’s missing daughter. The family’s touching reunion was captured and reported nationwide.
In China, child trafficking and its relationship to adoption is a serious problem.
Even though there is no official figure for the number of missing children, academics estimate it could be somewhere between 20,000 to 200,000.