Couple in China finally find their daughter, who was lost for 24 years

Mr Wang Mingqing (third from right) and his wife Liu Dengying (second from left) were finally reunited with their daughter Qifeng (centre), now known as Kangying, who went missing in 1994. PHOTO: YOUTUBE/KNEWS
Ms Liu Dengying giving her daughter Kangying a hug after being apart for 24 years. Ms Liu and her husband were tending their fruit stall in Chengdu on Jan 8, 1994 when their then three-year-old daughter went missing. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE
Kangying, 28, was flown to Chengdu along with her own daughter to meet her biological parents. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

After searching 24 years for a daughter they lost while tending their street stall, a couple in China were finally reunited with their child.

Mr Wang Mingqing and his wife Liu Dengying had been tending their fruit stall by the road at Jiuyan Bridge in China's Chengdu city on Jan 8, 1994, when their three-year-old daughter went missing, Chinese news site reported on Tuesday (April 3).

Mr Wang, 50, and his wife spent those years searching for their daughter Qifeng, now known as Kangying, to no avail.

They tried a variety of measures, including contacting the police, putting up missing signs along the street and searching children's shelters.

In 2015, Mr Wang became a private-hire car driver. He put a placard in the car indicating that he was looking for his daughter.

He also kept in his vehicle a stack of namecards which he gave out, with a photo of his daughter and her personal information, hoping he would somehow find her.

The story went viral, with local news media reporting widely about it.

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After a renowned police sketch artist did a sketch of what she might look like as an adult, the drawing was circulated online.

Mr Wang's daughter, who is now 28, saw the picture and felt it resembled her.

A renowned police sketch artist did a sketch of what Qifeng might look like as an adult. PHOTO: CHINANEWS.COM

She had been adopted and raised in Jilin province's Panshi city, about four hours away by plane.

Her new family had reportedly found her by the side of a road in Chengdu as a child.

Kangying contacted Mr Wang and they spoke over the phone on Monday.

She then went for a DNA test, which was a 99.99 per cent match with Mr Wang and his wife.

The Sichuan Province Public Security Department in Chengdu issued a statement confirming that Kangying's DNA matched that of Mr Wang's and Ms Liu, Chinese news site The Cover reported.

On Tuesday, Kangying was flown to Chengdu along with her own daughter to meet her biological parents.

Mr Wang Mingqing tearfully hugging his daughter Qifeng when they met on April 3. PHOTO: YOUTUBE/CHINA SICHUANTV OFFICIAL CHANNEL

Amid a media scrum, Mr Wang tearfully told her: "Dad loves you."

Kangying told the media: "The whole world told me I didn't have a mother - but I do!"

The reunion was peppered with tears and hugging.

"Thank you, thank you," Mr Wang and his wife told the media.

"This is too moving," Ms Liu said. "If not for the leads, she would never have found us."

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