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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