A young man spends most of his time wandering at random along roads and looking at the landscape. One day, during a walk in the mountains, a crack opens up in a rock in front of him, revealing a cave. He had just passed through it when it closes behind him. The young man walks forward in the darkness when a mountain suddenly rises up in front of him. At the top, he finds the air is purer and the sky bluer than anywhere else. In the distance, he glimpses palaces surrounded by trees and he sets off along the path towards them. As he approaches his destination, an Immortal comes towards him to welcome him: it was she who had brought the young man to this Heavenly Kingdom, because she was aware of his great virtue. The young man is married and installed in a sumptuous palace, where he lives for a year. But he becomes consumed with nostalgia; he wants to see his family and his village again. His wife offers him a cloud chariot to use for his return to Earth. On his arrival, he realises that the landscapes have changed and that he doesn’t recognise any of the men and women he meets. So he goes up to an old man and questions him. When the old man tells him that one of his great-uncles with the same first name and surname as the young man disappeared in the mountains about a hundred years earlier, the young man realises that this great-uncle was none other than himself, and that for every year that passes in the Heavenly Kingdom, a hundred years passes on Earth. When he returns to his cloud chariot, it changes into a phoenix and disappears into the sky. So the young man retreats into the mountains and never returns.