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China: Two girls take their own lives in hopes of 'time travelling'

The 12-year-olds drowned in a pool near their homes in a seeming attempt to travel back in time to the Qing Dynasty – a currently popular subject in some soap operas.

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TWO YOUNG GIRLS in China have shocked the country by taking their own lives in a seeming attempt to travel through time.

The deaths have prompted fears about a recent craze for time-travel television soaps, which typically show a protagonist travelling back in time to the Qing Dynasty after befalling an accident – such as a car crash or being struck by lightening, Shanhaiist reports.

Local media reports that one of the girls, Xiaohua, was worried about being scolded by her parents after losing a household item, and planned to take her own life on 1 March. Her best friend Xiaomei, also 12, vowed to die with her and left a goodbye note, which read:

My good sister has lost the key and was afraid of being scolded. She wants to die, and I decided to die together with her. Please don’t worry too much. We weren’t born at the same time on the same day, but we want to [die] at the same time on the same day. In my life, I have two secret wishes. One is to time-travel back to Qing Dynasty and shoot a film with the emperor, and the other is to travel to outer space.

The two girls drowned in a pool near to their homes before their families could find them.

A recent survey reportedly found that 90 per cent of children at a Fuijan school believed that time travel was real, according to

The tragic event had caused arguments about media influence, the role of educators and the responsibility of parents in China.

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