a chinese love story – hoax or not ?


An incredible

 love story has come out of

China recently and

managed to touch the world.
It  is a story of a man and an

older woman who ran off to live and love each other  in peace

for over half a century.  
The 70-year-old

Chinese man who hand-carved over 6,000 stairs up a mountain for his

80-year-old wife has passed away in the cave which has been the

couple’s home for the last 50 years.

Over 50

 years ago, Liu Guojiang a 19 year-old boy, fell in love with a

29 year-old widowed  mother named Xu Chaoqin..
In a twist worthy of

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, friends and relatives criticized the

relationship because of the age difference and the fact that Xu

already had children.


At that time, it was

unacceptable and immoral for a young man  to love an older

woman.. To avoid the market gossip and the scorn of their

communities, the couple decided to  elope and lived in a cave

in
Jiangjin
County in Southern ChongQing

Municipality.


In the beginning, life

was harsh as hey had nothing, no electricity or even food..

 They had to eat grass and roots they found in the mountain,

and Liu made a  kerosene lamp that they used to light up their

lives.  

Xu felt that she

had tied Liu down and repeatedly asked him, ‘Are you regretful? Liu

always replied, ‘As long as we are industrious, life will

improve.’

In the second year

 of living in the mountain, Liu began and continued for over 50

years, to  hand-carve the steps so that his wife could get down

the mountain  easily


Half a century later

in 2001, a group of adventurers were  exploring the forest and

were surprised to find the elderly couple and the  over 6,000

hand-carved steps.  Liu MingSheng,  one of their seven

children said, ‘My parents loved each other so much, they  have

lived in seclusion for over 50 years and never been apart a single

day.  He hand carved more than 6,000 steps over the years for

my mother’s  convenience, although she doesn’t go down the

mountain that  much.’


The couple had

 lived in peace for over 50 years until last week. Liu, now 72

years, returned  from his daily farm work and collapsed. Xu sat

and prayed with her husband as  he passed away in her arms. So

in love with Xu, was Liu, that no one was able  to release the

grip he had on his wife’s hand even after he had passed away.

 

‘You promised me

you’ll take care of me, you’ll always be with me until the day I

died, now you left before me, how am I going to live without you?’

Xu spent days softly repeating this sentence and touching

her husband’s black coffin with tears rolling down her

cheeks.

In 2006, their

story became one of the top 10 love stories from

China , collected by the

Chinese Women Weekly. The local government has decided to

 preserve the love ladder and the place they lived as a museum,

so this love  story can live forever.


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