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People From China Are Sharing Their Powerful "One-Child Policy" Stories

The infamous policy's end was announced on Thursday and so their stories find themselves resigned to Chinese history.

Posted on October 30, 2015, at 6:08 p.m. ET

China on Tuesday struck down its infamous "one-child" policy, raising the number of children a family can legally have to two.

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The death of the three-decade-old policy came amid fears that the aging population would slow economic growth, much as it did in Japan.

A Weibo hashtag quickly became more popular than the announcement itself and spread to other platforms — "the last generation of single children."

Many users have since shared their family one-child policy stories after realizing that their experiences wouldn't be shared by future Chinese citizens and have instead become part of Chinese history.

"As the first and last generation of single children, we endure not having siblings, we endure lonely childhood, and we accept all the love from our parents," one user wrote. "This Single-Child Certificate is doomed to become unforgettable history!"

"Perhaps 500 years later, people will still remember, that our country used to issue such certificate in order to control population boom!" the user went on.

"My #parents and me in #Shanghai circa 1978: Reflecting on the end of #China's #onechild policy as a member of the first generation of that policy," wrote CNN producer Steve Jiang on Instagram.

"After almost 40 years, China ends One Child Policy, allowing families two children. In this photo, I sat in the middle of my parents in 1984. I was born in the year when China just started to launch the One Child Policy."

"My mother says, 'you have to take good care of yourself, because you are all what your dad and me have.' I'm a single child, happy but pitiful," wrote a Weibo user under this photo.

Parents of children born when the policy was in effect received this "Honorable Certificate of One-Child's Parents."

"There won't be a more 'honorable' certificate than this one. This 'honor' left me with no siblings!"

"My parents told me that they could barely afford raising me, how could they have more children. But in fact I really wanted a younger sister. I hoped to take good care of her. LOL! It's fine, I'm used to it for the past years...Single children are really lonely, so I became of an more introvert and tend to talk less."

But more than a few posters found it okay — or even awesome — to be the only child. "I'm so used to occupying everything in the world, and I'm unique for my parents," one user wrote.

"Yes! I am one of the little princesses among all the other single children! [Yet] I grew up lonely," wrote another Weibo user.

Those who were born the year when China implemented the policy couldn't help but feel the weight the decision had on their lives.

I was born in 1980, the year when the controversial "one family, one child" policy was implemented. Today in 2015, the policy is abandoned!

A popular internet novelist, Shui Qiancheng, shared her experience as an illegal second child.

"My dad was a director of a mine refinery, my mom was a doctor, they have to gave up their jobs in order to have me at the age of 40, and moved all the way down south to Hainan from Heilongjiang."

In Hainan, her parents started to run a new business. Shui said that she stayed with an aunt undocumented for many years. During that time she couldn't adopt her father's family name or tell people who her parents were.

For those whose parents thought it worth it to pay the heavy fines or found other ways to skirt the policy, they celebrated the lives of their siblings.

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Weibo user Qining is one of them; she was 18 when she got a brand-new sister.

She wrote that "for a long time I thought she was a dream, I have a sister, my dear sister, super super super love her, I can't get my eyes off her everyday, and I can't resist holding her little hands with me even when we are asleep."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.