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Chinese Man Discovers Himself in the Background of Wife's Teenage Photo

The couple visited the same tourist spot on the same day, 18 years before they met.

by VICE Staff
15 March 2018, 4:00am

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In compelling evidence that soulmates are real, a Chinese husband and wife have discovered that they unknowingly appeared in the same photograph almost 20 years ago, a decade before they met. And by the way, 1.379 billion people live in China.

As reported by Channel NewsAsia, the Chengdu-based couple were going through old photos earlier this month when the husband recognized himself standing in the corner of his wife’s tourist picture at May Fourth Square in Qingdao. The photograph was taken back in July 2000. In 2011, the duo would eventually meet and fall in love.

"When I saw the photo, I was taken by surprise and I got goosebumps all over my body... that was my pose for taking photos. I also took a photo. It was the same posture [as captured in my wife’s photo], just from a different angle,” husband, Mr. Ye, told a local news outlet.

Ye was visiting May Fourth Square after his mother fell sick. At the last minute, he was able to take her place in a tour group. His wife, Xue, was visiting the site with her own mother.

The couple, who have subsequently gone viral on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo, now plan to return and take a new photograph of themselves with their children at the same spot they crossed paths.

“It seems that Qingdao is certainly one of the most special cities [for us]. When the children are older, we will go to Qingdao again and the family will take a photo again,” Mr. Ye said.

This article originally appeared on VICE Australia.

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