Sometimes, one missed opportunity could mean a missed connection for life.
Su Zhinian and Song Qingchun did not leave the countryside but took the highway to the airport. Two hours later, they got on a plane heading toward Harbin. The flight was three hours long. When it landed, it was already late night. Thankfully, Su Zhinian had booked the ride before they got on the flight. When they exited the airport, the ride to the hotel was waiting.
Su Zhinian booked a luxurious suite. There were two bedrooms, one for himself and another for Song Qingchun.
After depositing their luggage, Su Zhinian brought Song Qingchun to dinner. When they returned, they had a bath separately and went down to rest.
At 7 am the next morning, both Song Qingchun and Su Zhinian woke up as if their biological clocks were linked. They had breakfast at the hotel before wandering into the snowy island.
They were at the central street at around 3 pm. There were many couples on the road sharing a popsicle, holding hands. When they passed a 7-Eleven, Su Zhinian stopped to buy each of them a popsicle.
During sunset, Song Qingchun and Su Zhinian went to the Sophia Square to visit the church that was dubbed the most beautiful church in China. There, they released a white pigeon. At night, they went to the Ice and Snow World. Song Qingchun was in awe at the beauty of the ice castle.
When they reached the hotel, it was already 11 pm. The whole day of playing drained Song Qingchun. She had a comfortable warm bath and retired to bed.
The morning of the third day, Song Qingchun and Su Zhinian left Harbin to visit the Lovers' Valley at Huang San. They did not use the cable car but trekked the mountain on foot. Along the way, they even met a senior couple.
On the fifth day, Song Qingchun and Su Zhinian flew to Yun Nan to visit the Butterfly Spring. When they returned from the Butterfly Spring, they flew to Li Jiang. They visited the small shops at Li Jiang, and Su Zhinian gifted Song Qingchun a silver bangle.
Since the visit to Li Jiang was spontaneous, they did not book the hotel beforehand. There was only one room left, and Song Qingchun had to share it with Su Zhinian.
The hotel room was made using wood, and the sound insulation was not that good. The small town that was known for its sexcapades was filled with ambiguous sounds throughout the night. However, in Song Qingchun and Su Zhinian's room, silence reigned, and they slept peacefully.
Song Qingchun and Su Zhinian stayed in Li Jiang for only one night before they flew to Zhu Hai. Zhu Hai was a famed holiday spot, but due to the time restriction of Song Qingchun and Su Zhinian's trip, they only visited Lovers' Road.
The road that was built by the sea was long. They arrived at the place in the afternoon, but they had not walked the whole stretch even when the sun fell.
The plane-hopping journey had exhausted Song Qingchun. The last stretch of the road had Su Zhinian carrying Song Qingchun on his back.
Su Zhinian walked very slowly. Song Qingchun leaned on his back, smelling the salt in the wind, chatting non-stop with him.
When they passed a particular shop, Song Qingchun suddenly sighed with regret. "This place is highly recommended on the internet. I hear they make such delicious cakes. Unfortunately, they're not open today."