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500 gather for amazing family photo

A picture thought to be the most spectacular family photo during Spring Festival this year has gone viral. The photo, shot by a drone in Shishe Village, Shengzhou in Zhejiang Province, shows more than 500 people from the Ren family.

The family members, all between the 25th and 31st generations of the Ren family, live in Beijing, Shanghai, Xinjiang and Taiwan, and were brought together by a project to update their family tree.

“It took us two and a half years to complete the new family tree,” said Ren Tuanjie, Party chief of Shishe Village. “During Spring Festival, we like to bring all the family members together so as to let our ancestors know where they are.”

Spring Festival is an occasion for the gathering of family members, with many choosing to have family photos.

The photo was hailed by web users as the “most amazing family photo” in the past Spring Festival.

“It is lucky to bring them together and get to know each other,” said a Sina Weibo user.

“China is moving towards modernity, but Chinese people’s roots in their native land never disappear,” Ren said. “Wherever they go, descendants from one family have always got something to bring them together.”


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