Man Carves Wife a 6,000 Stair Path in Mountain

Posted on December 15, 2007

A weird 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 century.

Over 50 years ago, Liu, was a 19 years-old boy, fell in love with a 29 year-old widowed mother named Xu. At the time, it was unacceptable and immoral for a young man to love an older woman.

To avoid the market gossips, the couple decided to elope and lived in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern ChongQing area.

Man Carves Wife a 6,000 Stair Path in Mountain picture

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 lighten up their lives.

Starting the second year of living in the mountain, Liu began, and continue for over 50 years, to hand carve the steps so that his wife could get down the mountain easily.

Man Carves Wife a 6,000 Stair Path in Mountain picture

A half century later in 2001, a group of adventures were exploring the forest, they surprisingly found the elderly couple and the over 6,000 stairs of hand carved ladder.

“My parents loved each other so much, they have lived in seclusion for over 50 years and never been apart a single day.” Liu MingSheng, one of their seven children said, “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.”

Man Carves Wife a 6,000 Stair Path in Mountain picture

The couple had lived in peace for over 50 years until last week. Liu, now 72 years-old, 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 had 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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212 comments
Pranovo Biotech
Pranovo Biotech

I am very sorry to hear that Xu died yesterday, but I believe the true love never die.

Shin Kwon
Shin Kwon

WE ADMIRE IT, BUT HOW MONAY OF YOU PEOPLE WATCHING THIS VIDEO CAN REALLY LOVE LIKE THAT, I KNOW I CAN... CAN YOU?

James Liu
James Liu

I'm also touched by this story. Finding true love isn't the point here. The point is you will input a lot of hard work and time to prove that she or he indeed are your true love. I'm and will be working on keeping my wife feel the same way, how about you?

Lili Ren
Lili Ren

Sadly, both passed away.

Christine Her-Era
Christine Her-Era

Truly amazing and inspiring. To live and love and all in a cave in this day and age? Impossibru! Yet, they did and I know they wouldn't change one day of it. <3

John Ferris
John Ferris

I think I am going to throw up...

Haotian Li
Haotian Li

Why not fuck yourself, asshole. Your life will end up with MASTURBATION.

Lena Lee
Lena Lee

undying love.... sniff...so sweet

jkjkjkjkjj
jkjkjkjkjj

At what point do you think she asked him not to waste his time and energy cutting the stairs because she didn't use them? Oh wait, she's a woman. Dumb question.

Akhila
Akhila

Unbelievable but true....

leedavid
leedavid

"the couple decided to elope and lived in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern ChongQing Municipality." The story didn't tell if Xu abandoned her first batch of children, or took the children with her when she lived with Liu in the mountains. How come this story had never been told in news giants like CNN, CBS news, etc.? I assume it is a true story coz this story was all over the internet, and nobody yet had scorned that this story was a sham.

leedavid
leedavid

"the couple decided to elope and lived in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern ChongQing Municipality." The story didn't tell if Xu abandoned her first batch of children, or took the children with her when she lived with Liu in the mountains. How come this story had never been told in news giants like CNN, CBS news, etc.? I assume it is a true story coz this story was all over the internet, and nobody yet had scorned that this story was a sham.

Guest
Guest

It's like a fairy tale.

ian
ian

love can say anything

David Salti
David Salti

I also believe this!... only if love is true and honest

Amy
Amy

True love does exist, but only for a short period of time and it won't last forever.

Diamond
Diamond

This is truly one of the greatest tales of self sacrifice I have ever seen. There was so much love between these two that they would go to the end of the world for each other. That's amazing

marice
marice

I think this is a beautifull story, and it is not only about love, but also about courage and loyalty, and teaches us not to give up so easily but try to find the right answer to each situation, they were young and in love, living in one of the most difficult societies and times, and instead of going for the easy way and probably having a comfortable and simple life, they choose to be faithfull to them feelings and make them own way, without bothering the others, the found them own place where noboby would bother them. I admired them and May the Lord bless them where ever they are.

LoveAngel
LoveAngel

god i love this story.. i hope they make a movie out of it in the future

cindy
cindy

a very touching story..

Julissa
Julissa

Can you image your live after an earthquake? You will have nothing.. You only will have love to survive... Nothing else matters...

sunshine
sunshine

seven kids they were pretty busy all those years up in that hill and then with no television what lucky guy getting some of that old bottie

big punisher
big punisher

this really sucks dude no electricity you cannot live on love alone you need the luxuries if you know what i mean

Bipin
Bipin

"Wow! This is the most touching story I have ever read. It helps me to finally believe that you can live on love only. Diamonds, Big house, the fancy cars, money, etc…. is not what life is all about. You can live on love. Thank you, Xu & Liu for making me believe that love is all you need to survive in this world! Hope this message is very clear with my girl and believes in my love towards her"

Lynn
Lynn

wow. Love means more than anything in the world. Really u dont need anything except eachother. This totally proved to the world that u just need eachother. This storyy is soo touching.

kohinoor
kohinoor

this story very much touching me, we have learn more thing from this story. My regards for them, it will be remember in my mind forever. thanks them who publised like this story.

Karen
Karen

this story is touching, but it is not realistic or fitting for 2008, because you can go out with anybody now, any age, anything so it's not a huge deal as it was say 50 yrs ago..circumstances are diff now..but their love is rare i must say, very story book like..you can see their care for each others coz Asians don't show affection especially people at their age.

Rizwana saqib
Rizwana saqib

It is an amazing real life story. It takes a real love and big heart to do all what they did. I disagree that they had nothing else to do,thats why they live together.They chose to have nothing but each other.and even his death left a big stamp on their love when no one get their hands off each other.It is amazing and it touches the heart.There is no doubt that their love is real and true.

ella
ella

a very simple love story yet indeed a very great one! i just feel sorry for the people who judged them bad coz they don't know what real relationship ("love") really is... we're glad these days younger lad can show there love to older woman.. at least for most places and for those who thinks it's immoral think again! judging is immoral too and i think there's no more LIU in these world...

Aisha
Aisha

it is not the "term" or "exact word" that matters, it seems that so much has been said and yet the story depicts that "whatever" it is, it is only felt and experience by those who are really humans. "Universal yet uncommon!" Aisha

Sharan
Sharan

Thats life and trully lived...and Thats beautiful God bless you couple. RGDS Sharan CTC Bangalore India sharan.ctc@gmail.com

Taz
Taz

Just like the song of Eagles! Love will keep us alive! Great story!

waka
waka

for 50 years , he carved 6000 steps so he must have carved 120 steps a year 1/3 of a step, pure rock, took him all day probably Guess who did all the cooking, planting, cleaning feeding the kids, even hunting. I wish i can do the things i want while my wife did all the house chores.

Eagle
Eagle

This is a very beautiful love story! I am deeply sorry for those who can't see the beauty of love. They try not to understand the mean of love because they know nobody would ever care for them or love them. That's why they are so hateful. Life is so beautiful; we should spend our time wisely enjoying life rather than paying attention to those loosers... Just a thought!

bata
bata

woah!!...hell yes!!..i loved their story so much..it made me feel 2 love again..lolz...

Julie
Julie

I literally cried reading this.. Age IS nothing, but a number & there IS such thing as true love. I hope they meet again in their next life. (^^) I'm thankful for my loving husband. <3 & Xu's so cute, she's like one of those cute Asian grandmothers. & btw, if they had kids, how did their kids live? & how come they weren't shown in the video?

Heather
Heather

It's a beautiful story and sad story. I don't think I can be as brave as Xu. Eloping with the man you love. It's just too unrealistic and I am very materialistic.

Kunal Gandhi
Kunal Gandhi

I cant express my feelings as what I am feeling after reading this so soul touching love story. But yet sumthing to say so I salute these couples and request all other young people who r in love please love from the core of your heart and never betray you love . Regards, Kunal Gandhi

Joyce
Joyce

the was the MOST sweetest and saddest thing i ever read! this article is in my favorites. everytime i pull this article up, i ALWAYS cry. :'[

Lamar Cole
Lamar Cole

Love is a path to the heart that knows its own way.

Cory
Cory

Amazing story, pure and simple. You can psycho-analyze anything until you lose its sacred nature. Its just like repeating the same word over and over until it has no meaning. For these type of people it means nothing. Sad way to live, having to analyze things to death until you destroy the beauty of it. Advise, take a step back and try to find the meaning of the story, then you too might be able to live a more fulfilled life. Cheers, Cory

anonymous
anonymous

the story was really touching, and regardless of whether the 6000 steps meant anything, i thought it was a good message to all the materialistic couples out there. but lololol. these comments were just as enjoyable to read as was the story. thanks guys, you guys really made my day.

asian rules!!!!
asian rules!!!!

stupid people!!! why do u all have to mock that dead person???!!! so what if he had to lived rough life for his beloved wife?? it's his life.. his wife.. his choice if u people cannot appreciate his sacrifices... so shut the fuck up! man... u're so retarded!

lol
lol

i agree

Sultan Azteca
Sultan Azteca

I agree with the rest of Humanity: marvelous story!!! Now some buzz-killing math: He lived from age 19 to 72 with wifie. He started in their 2nd year, so that means 52 years or 18,993 days (leap years included). He carved 6,000 steps, or 0.32 steps a day, or almost one STONE step every 3 days. I mean, WTF!!! And he also brought food, and fixed the leaking faucet, and changed the lightbulb, and gave her a foot massage after her walking all those 6,000 steps... I mean... DID HE HAVE ANY SEX DRIVE AT THE END OF THE DAY AT ALL!!!??? They had 7 children!!! Did someone try to dope-test him??? Let’s talk about power of love!!!

UnprettyLinG
UnprettyLinG

What a Liang Shan Buo & Zhu Ying Tai~ Touching.... (T_T)

moses
moses

thankyou everyone for this pleasant myth/legend...but i think everyone needs to open their pint-size green eyes O_O and come down to earth BLEAT BLEAT yeah man!! before you start preaching your untold tales, sing your song, sing your song....got me?

lol
lol

YOU DUMBASS you have no love or respect for good people