Monday, April 11, 2016

A Story of a Deep and Profound Love from China: The Tale of Liu and Xu

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.

Over 50 years ago, Liu, a 19 year-old boy, fell in love with a 29 year-old widowed mother named Xu. At that time, it was unacceptable and immoral for a young man to love an older woman. To avoid the market gossip, the couple decided to elope and lived in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern Chongqing area of China.

In the beginning, they 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. In the second year of living in the mountain, Liu began and continued for over 50 years, to hand-carve the steps [over 6000] so that his wife could get down the mountain easily.


The couple had lived quietly together for over 50 years until recently. 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.

Will and Guy have discovered that the local government in the area 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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