Wang Zi-heng met his childhood sweetheart when he was only six years old, and the moment he set his eyes on her, he told his mother he was going to marry her. While most people would dismiss such emotions as childish fantasies, Wang never forgot his vow. It took him 18 years to fulfill his promise, but he actually married that same girl.
When he was just a six-year-old boy living with his parents in Zhengzhou City, China’s Henan, Wang Zi-heng happened to meet a pretty girl of the same age, in his neighborhood, and instantly fell in love with her. He even told his mother in all seriousness that he had met the woman of his dreams.
Wang and the girl went to the same kindergarten, played together every day and soon became inseparable. They even used to kiss secretly when they played house. The parents found the young couple so cute that they’d dressed them up in wedding clothes and clicked a picture on an old wooden bridge somewhere in the city. Soon after the picture was taken, however, Wang was forced to move away from the neighborhood to a different area, losing touch with his one true love.
Over the years, Wang never forgot the girl he had fallen in love with as a child. He wanted to go looking for her, but he had no information about her. “I didn’t even know her full name, I just used to call her Xixi, which was her nickname,” he said. “I kind of always had her in my mind and when I was older I did go back there but she had moved as well and there was no way I could find any more about the family.”
But it looks like Wang and Xixi were truly meant to be together. By some strange coincidence, Wang’s parents happened to bump into one of Xixi’s relatives, one day. Wang was thrilled to be able to contact his childhood sweetheart again – now a young woman named Xiang Chung.
“I got her address and a number and called her and arranged to meet her,” he explained. “I didn’t even know if she would remember me, but she did and when we met all the old chemistry was instantly there. We started dating and then we decided that we really were going to marry.”
On their wedding day, Wang and Xiang went back to the same old bridge and posed once again – this time, for a real wedding photograph.
A real-life fairytale romance if I ever heard one!