After police match the drawing that he created from memories of his village home, a Chinese-born man was taken by child trafficking gangs when he was just four years old.

  • He was 37-years old and had been married to his Chinese birthmother for 33 years when he was kidnapped.
  • Li Jingwei (37), grew up in Henan 1,200 miles away from Yunnan.  
  • Police made matching drawings between Mr Jingwei’s hometown and his memories.
  • After more than 30 years of separation, Mr Jingwei finally met his mom on New Year’s Day.

After 33 years, a married father was abducted by child-trafficking gangs when he was four years old. He was then reunited with his loved ones when he made a map from his memory and was released. 

Li Jingwei (37), a Chinese-born man, was raised in Henan after his father was taken. He said that he’d had “countless nights of longing” and felt ‘homesick’ since he was young.

After learning about other children abducted and reunited with their families, Guo Xinzhen was among the first to share information. 

Li Jingwei, 37, (left) was reunited with his birth mother (right) in Yunnan, southwest China, after 33 years

Li Jingwei (37) was finally reunited (right), with his biological mother in Yunnan southwest China after 33 years.

His maps were so detailed that they included details such as the appearance of certain homes and where rice was cooked by villagers. This surprised many.

Police found the exact location of the police station in Zhaotong in southwest China. It is located in the Yunnan mountains.

A DNA test proved that Mr Jingwei is the missing child of the woman and they were reunited in New Year’s Day. 

Mr Jingwei was abducted when he was four years old but drew maps of his village every day to make sure he didn't forget his home

Four years ago, Mr Jingwei had been abducted. However, he kept drawing maps of his village each day to remind himself that he wasn’t leaving home.

He was adopted in 1989 by a Lankao family, approximately 1200 miles from his home.

For his memory, he would draw pictures of his house at least one time per day.

When he was young, he was seduced by his bald neighbor who offered him a toy. Mr Jingwei reported on China’s The Paper. 

Police used the maps Mr Jingwei (pictured) made to connect him with his mother, and verified the match with DNA tests

The police used Mr Jingwei’s maps (pictured), to match him and his mother. They also verified their matches with DNA tests

Mr Jingwei had been inspired by the story of Guo Gangtang (pictured) and his son Guo Xinzhen, who was snatched aged two in front of the family's home in Shandong province in 1997

Mr Jingwei had been inspired by the story of Guo Gangtang (pictured) and his son Guo Xinzhen, who was snatched aged two in front of the family’s home in Shandong province in 1997 

Because they love the foster parents, many children are reluctant to file legal action against them.

He is married and has children. Mr Jingwei said that the family who adopted him learned him “the principles of being human”.

This was to allow him to study hard, and then become a talented person in the future.