Tuesday, July 8, 2008

6000 Steps Of Love!

Received this story a few weeks ago thru the mail. If only we could be like them living in peace and loving each other without hurting others. I would like to share it with you:


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 to live in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern Chongqing Municipality.

In the beginning, life was harsh as 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.
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.

5 comments:

monsterball said...

There are many great stories of Chinese....showing great devotions to whatever they are determinations... to do it...successfully.
Chinese are lover of life...nature and animals.
Yes.they do eat animals......behaving like animals themselves.
"And animals do behave more humane than some human being with great powers..to manage countries.
They kill only to fill the stomach....and Chinese..with their many thousands of years...civilized and powerful......more powerful than the Romans and the Egyptians....kept loving life and enjoy life...even when they have been much more advanced than others and in fact can conquer the whole world.
They were so many Kings and Lords ruling the vast country.
They spent hundreds of years ...fighting each other..to finally be one. The
"Romance Of The Three Kingdom" is a must read book...for all...and the history of the f
"First Emperor...Chin"...who built the great well of China....must also be read.
With these basic foundations...tracing several history and events...then one will conclude like me...China is great and peaceful country....never like to bullshit others ...like so many European countries.
history of HongKong and Macau will reveal...how cruel British and Portuguese were..just..100 years go.
I guess..that's the root of all....that by nature...Chinese were selfish and racialists to. Cannot blame them. They were very poor and hungry...cannot depend on anyone.
Chinese New Year is basically...the festivals of harvesting.
It goes on for 15 days...due to so many clans ...made out to be Chinese in China..and the last day..is a celebration of united Chinese.
I cannot help....feeling proud of my roots...but I have no love nor loyalty to China..except full of admirations.......when admirations are due to them.
When I visited China.....several times..they were just to see my roots..and Chinese do tread my like any tourists...sell me imitation things...declaring them ...real stuffs...especially jades.
I bought o many...thinking they were dirt cheap...gave to my relations.....all told me...they are not what they are.
Went back.....confronted the seller..he told me.how does he know.I will return to complaint...and those jades were actually real...but injected with green colour....to make that piece of worthless jade.....look so expensively real...for unbelievable low price. That was a government guarantee shopping complex....and I could have file a report...but that may take away all my precious little time I have in China. In the long run.....not worth it.
So I just just road sides paintings..real dirt cheap..and fruits...and go to very high class shopping complexes for anything I want.

monsterball said...

You see....if MCA and Gerakan are truly Malaysians and not balls carriers of UMNO...they will be so proud of their Chinese roots....and by the time.....Mahathir took over..it was time to prove to UMNO...to be sincere...by adopting all the good of the Chinese...into the making of a Malaysian country.
What is so shameful to do that..with such a large population of Chinese.....making what Malaysia is today?
No...they keep on supporting the false history...the downright sick sick..race and religion politics...making Chinese and Indians...second class citizens...while those MCA and ..Gerakan chosen few...grew fat and filthy rich.
Yes....MCA and Gerakan sold off the Chinese....for personal benefits.
They were so intoxicated with false successes..depending on Malays votes. What they are now...today...mostly voted out..is also showing the Malays do not appreciate 'Judas" too.
Mark my words...MCA and Gerakan will be dead and buried.....even if UMNO wins another election.
Penang should stick to DAP..no matter what and Eng Guan should prove to the Malays and Indians in Penang....how...all can be much better as Malaysians.
It is not hard for him...if he really love the people of Penang...as Malaysians.
Let UMNO cancel all projects in Penang. Those does not really mean Penang will be better off.
Are we all better off...with Twin Towers....Putra Jaya...Perjaya Steel? Did Proton become so great..buying up an Italian motor bike manufacturer? Do you smell a rat..siphoning profits away...buying a useless company...now thrown sold off.. by Dollah for RM1? I suspect Dollah has to act fast....to cut away Mahathir's corrupted act....to enrich UMNO party....himself and chosen friends.
Think...think ...think.

Grace Chan said...

Justin,

And you wrote about Rose Chan? That's surprising!...heh! Well, we here consider her as our predecessor.

Gracie

monsterball said...

There you see..choose a special subject..like Rose Chan...out come another proud stripper...loving her sifu.
That's why Malaysian Chinese are smart voters.
They are so open minded.
Wish I can meet Grace Chan.
Is she related to Rose?
Now go and listen to Frankie Laine...and feel proud...that a Malaysian lady can attract a legend from USA....to fall flat for her.
Who else...from Malaysia?
Maybe...Micheal Yeoh.

Justin Choo said...

Hi Monsterball and Grace,

I was "occupied" the whole of yesterday. Please read my post tonite.

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