The Man Who Carved 6,000 Stair Steps in the Name of Love
Posted on November 12th, 2010 in China | No Comments » |
Half a century ago, a 19-year-old boy named Liu, fell in love with a 29-year-old woman named Xu. At the time, it was unacceptable for a young man to love an older woman. To avoid gossips, the couple decided to ran away together to an isolated cave near the Jiangjin County area in Southern Chongqing.
Photo showing the couple singing a love song together before having dinner.
In 2001, a group of adventures were exploring the forest, when they accidentally found the elderly couple and the 6,000 stairs that have been hand carved by Liu himself. When the group introduced their love story to a contest event organized by the Chinese Women Weekly–it came up as one of the top 10 love stories in China’s history. Liu and his wife were awarded for their love for each other, but could not join the award ceremony due to health conditions. However, their son Liu Mingsheng came to the award ceremony with a kerosene lamp that his father had made. He gave a short speech to let everyone know that his parents have lived in seclusion for more than 50 years because of their love for each other. They had no electricity and his father had made the kerosene lamps to light up their lives. He also added that his mother rarely goes down the mountain but my father cut the 6,000-plus stairs for her convenience anyway. He called it the ‘Ladder of love.’
When the Chinese government heard about their story, they decided to preserve the ‘Love ladder’ and the place they had lived into a museum, so that their love story can forever be told.
Sadly, Liu passed away in 2006 after returning home from his daily farm work. Xu sat and prayed with her husband as he passed away in her arms. She cried out, “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?”
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