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July 19, 2008

An incredible love story

Posted by Malou at 7/19/2008 07:52:00 AM
This story was forwarded to me by a friend through email. I thought of sharing these wonderful story which we might get some lessons. I love this story.

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 mark 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.

6 comments on "An incredible love story"

Chubskulit Rose on July 19, 2008 at 8:22 AM said...

makaibi man but so inspiring!

Chubskulit Rose on July 19, 2008 at 8:23 AM said...

yeyyyyyyyyyyyy wara na word verification hahaha

faye on July 19, 2008 at 2:49 PM said...

wowow,,,hope arog man kita kaan for better for worse until to the last breath.......

Cahaya Hati Nurani on July 20, 2008 at 6:38 AM said...

I like the story, Lou...
One sometimes keeps to remember even he/she has died
that s my comment on the story.

I am also thinking what the best thing I can do for people so I keep remembering or everlasting for them someday
:)... :)...:)
it is hard...I know
well, then at least I am little bit worth for u as ur friend here...faraway from there...Lou.

Have a great time there

Rosilie on July 21, 2008 at 4:01 AM said...

i just cried reading this. I am quite unlucky in love. that is why i am happy for those who can truly have it and live it all their lives.

Cahaya Hati Nurani on July 22, 2008 at 12:47 AM said...

what an inspiring story...


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