During the Warring States period, a young man lived in Shouling. He always felt that he was not so perfect as he thought.
One day, he heard that people in Handan walked in a gracefully way, so he decided to learn to walk there.
One morning, he set off for Handan without telling anyone. Upon arrival at Handan, he was surprised when he saw the situation. Everyone walked in a different but gracefully way, children walking actively, the old walking steady and women walking charmingly.
So he made up his mind to learn how the people of the State of Zhao walked in Handan.
No matter how hard he tried, he was unable to learn the gait of the people there. On the contrary, he even forgot completely how he walked in Shouling. In the end, he had no choice but to crawl back to his hometown.
set off for 出发前往某地
made up one’s mind下定决心做某事
on the contrary相反