Chinese family of 500

A Chinese family of 500 gathered for a rare photo session, the most epic family photo ever during a reunion at the Chinese New Year celebration.

How large is your family? if you’re all gathered up for a photograph how many will be in the photograph?

In China, the Spring Festival is an annual event which often brings family members together. Ren family reunion was held during the Lunar New Year period, which is usually marked by the Chinese with large family gatherings and meals.

The Ren family assembled in an eastern Chinese village to take the photo, which saw the 25th to 31st generations of the family line stand together.

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It took more than two years for the Chinese family of 500 to coordinate this impressive stunt, which took place close to their ancestral town in the Zhejiang province.

During the Ren family reunion which took place at Shishe village in China’s eastern province of Zhejiang, they all gathered round in a basalt formation to take a family photograph.

Due to the largeness in their numbers, photographer Zhang Liangzong took the pictures with a drone in front of basalt formations near Shishe.

Mr. Zhang told the BBC that the Ren family, which originates from the village, can be traced back 851 years, but their family tree had not been updated for more than eight decades.

Village elders recently began updating the family tree records and managed to track down at least 2,000 living descendants spanning seven generations, Mr. Zhang said.

He estimates that they have plans of gathering more members the Ren family who are still alive. Maybe next year the family photograph will be an even bigger affair.

They marked the family tree’s completion by holding a massive reunion and managed to gather more than 500 people.

Village chief Ren Tuanjie told state news agency Xinhua:

“One reason was to understand where our descendants have spread to, where they have ended up and where they live, to account to our ancestors.”

“And another reason was also to let descendants all over the country know their roots so that wherever they go they will not forget where they come from.”

Mr. Ren belongs to the 26th generation of Rens which coincidentally means “reunion” in Chinese.

Although large family photos are common, many in China were taken aback by the scale of the Rens’ photographs, which were featured widely in national media and prompted headlines such as “Do these family members even know one another?” my thoughts as well.

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I  wonder how on earth they could keep the record of their descendants back to 851 years and 31 generations. Between 25th to 31st generations, 500 members were lined up for the photograph which means there could be more misplaced members of the family.

Other things that are likely to happen amongst the Chinese family of 500 members is the possibility of incest. “What if they meet someone they like in the group? Can they still get married?”

Believe me, this family will have all things on earth represented, all professions represented because they have formed an empire on their own and this empire will stand the test of time as we have witnessed.