In a modern-day Chinese fairytale, Weibo has reported on how a Zhejiang man cycled over 3,000 kilometers to propose to his university sweetheart.
The lovestruck pair met as classmates in 2004 at a university in Harbin, Heilongjiang province. In 2012, the woman turned down her boyfriend’s proposal to bring her to his home in Zhejiang to be married, claiming she was reluctant to move so far and abandon her parents—who lived in the Northeastern province of Liaoning. The girl would only come with him on the proviso that the place was so close it was possible to travel by bicycle. At this point, their relationship appeared doomed, and the 3,000 kilometer journey to the man’s hometown of Taizhou seemed destined to curse these star-crossed lovers.
Yet, instead of sinking into despair, this devout boyfriend committed to overcoming the tyranny of distance, embarking on an epic, 31-day bicycle journey from Haerbin to Taizhou in sweltering July heat. He sent photos to his sweetheart every two days, holding up the page of a notebook into which he had etched his proposal.
Inspired by his persistence and devotion, the girl’s parents urged her to take up his offer and fly to Taizhou to join her Romeo. In 2014, the love story got the ending it deserved when the pair finally married, 10 years and 3,000 kilometers on a bicycle later. The couple have remained in wedded bliss since and are expecting a baby this June.
By Liam Bourke