Bao Lulin had no idea that the search for her mysterious doppelgänger would lead to the discovery of an identical twin she never knew she had.
Lulin, who works as a waitress in Jiuyang, China, told the Daily Mail, that for over three years, customers repeatedly mistook her for someone else -- a mysterious woman named Yanfei. So, Lulin set out to find her.
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Lulin first realized she had a mysterious look-alike in June 2009, when she was helping a relative with his fruit stand, reported Metro News. Four elderly women approached her, and one commented, "You have come back from Fujian Province? Why didn't you inform us?"
Lulin, however, had never seen these women before.
When she hesitated to reply, another woman retorted, "You must earn big money, and don't want to know us."
According to the Daily Mail, just a few months later, a middle-aged man approached Lulin while she was at work and told her, "You look absolutely identical to one of my relatives."
Not long after that, a teenager eating at the restaurant approached Lulin and said, "Yanfei, you work here now?"
Lulin decided then to search for her mysterious doppelgänger. She soon became pregnant, however, and was forced to stall her search for three years so that she could take care of her son.
In October, Lulin was once again mistaken for Yanfei while at work, but this time she seized the opportunity to question the customer about Yanfei's whereabouts.
Armed with an address, Lulin set out to find the woman she supposedly resembled.
According to What's On Chengdu, Yang Yanfei, also of Jiuyang, was playing with her son at home when she suddenly heard her mother-in-law shout, "Yanfei, come here now!"
When she went outside she saw Lulin, a woman who looked almost exactly like her.
"I felt I was looking into the mirror," Yanfei told the news source.
"We felt like we had known each other for years and years," Lulin added.
That wasn't the only surprise. Yanfei and Lulin discovered that they were both adopted as babies. They realized that the reason they looked so similar was that they were identical twins separated at birth.
Yanfei and Lulin were both given up for adoption under China's One Child policy.
According to the Daily Mail, Yanfei and Lulin have since become as close as sisters.
There are other commonalities too: They both got married in 2007, both their husbands have the same name, Bin, and their sons also look almost identical. They also share similar personalities, hobbies, and enjoy similar kinds of food.
They even have the same scar on their fingers after having similar accidents at the age of six.