A Chinese Love Story

Remember Love Story, that 1970 film that starred Ryan O' Neal and Ali MacGraw? That's just in the celluloid world. Someone e-mailed me a sweet love story that occured in China. Liu Guojiang was 19 when he fell in love with Xu Chaoqin, a 29 year-old widowed mother. To avoid public disdain, the couple elope to live in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern ChongQing Municipality. In 2001, a group of adventurers exploring the forest found the couple. It was fifty years later and the couple had not just grown old but Liu Guojiang had by then hand carved over 6,000 steps for Xu Chaoqin's convenience when she went down the mountain. One of his children, Liu MingSheng had said that the couple had loved each other so much that they had never been apart even for a single day.The local government has now decided to preserve the steps dubbed the love ladder and turned the place they lived in into a museum to preserve this love story. There is true love in real live!


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