A CHINESE man has been reunited with his son after a 24-year search that saw him travel more than 310,000 miles on a motorbike across the country.
Guo Gangtang’s son had been snatched aged two by human traffickers in front of their home in Shandong province back in 1997.
His dad Gangtang, 51, has travelled around China for the past two decades trying to find him and this inspired the 2015 film Lost and Love starring Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau.
Child abductions are a huge problem in China, with thousands taken every year.
China’s Ministry of Public Security’s cops were able to trace his son’s identity using DNA testing.
Two suspects were later tracked down and have been arrested, said a Global Times report.
The suspects, who were dating at the time, had planned to kidnap a child with the intention of selling him for money, reports China News.
The couple then took an intercity coach to neighbouring Henan province and sold him there.
Now that the child has been found, everything can only be happy from now on
Guo Gangtang, missing boy’s dad
Police did not offer details about the family that had purchased the boy.
In a video of the reunion released by the public security ministry, Guo is seen sobbing into his palms while his wife hugs their son, Guo Zhen.
Guo said: “Now that the child has been found, everything can only be happy from now on.”
After his son was abducted in 1997, Mr Guo reportedly travelled to more than 20 provinces around the country on the back of a motorbike chasing tip-offs.
In the process, he has broken bones in traffic accidents and even encountered highway robbers.
Ten motorbikes have also been damaged.
Carrying around banners with his son’s picture on them, he is said to have spent his life savings for his mission, sleeping under bridges and begging for money when he ran out of cash.
While looking for his son, he has also become a prominent member of missing-persons organisations in China, and has helped at least seven parents reunite with their abducted kids.