3) Stairway to Heaven

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A true story of 1950s happened in Chongqing, China.  A 20-year old villager Liu Guojiang fell in love for a widow, Xu ZhaoQing who is 10years older than him.  In order to avoid gossips from other villagers, they eloped to Jiangjin, a town 1500metres above sea level, deep in the woods, build a home of their own.

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Liu Guojiang  spent 50 years alone, chipping over 20 over chisels to carve 6000 over steps of stairway for his wife.  This extra ordinary kind gesture of love is to facilitate his wife daily ascending and descending from their mountain habitat.

They live off their life in the forest by picking wild walnuts, dates and have a few vegetable farms.  The couple raise 7 children with whatever they have and spent half a century living in the mountains.

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In 2006, media make a shooting of the 6000 steps and couldn’t find a single moss on the stairway.  They discovered that Liu Guojiang clean up the moss daily so that his wife will not slip and fall along the steps.

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Unfortunately, in 2007, the 72-year old Liu Guojiang died of cerebrovascular disease.  The sudden death left his wife, Xu Zhaoqing devastated and despondent.  Due to her failing health, one of her son relocated her from the mountains.  She remained forlorn and passed on few days ago at the age of 87.

Xu Zhaoqing left a note before her death that she wanted to be buried next to her beloved husband, as she wish to continue walking hand in hand with her husband on their Love Ladder in another world.

Well, I guess the loving couple wouldn’t mind though the Stairways in Heaven are now clogged with moss.

129 thoughts on “3) Stairway to Heaven

    janethilton said:
    December 27, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    What a blessing that they found each other and had time together. Now they are reunited, in a happier, pain free place!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      And that is Heaven! Thanks, Jane! Have a great day, and thanks for your visiting!
      Cheers!

    Jennifer Bichara said:
    December 30, 2012 at 12:10 am

    What a love story!
    Great post
    BTW, thanks for stopping by
    and have a merry merry new year.
    Best, Jenny

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 30, 2012 at 1:45 am

      You are most welcome, Jennifer!
      I wish you healthy, wealthy and happy all in one!
      Cheers!

        Jennifer Bichara said:
        December 30, 2012 at 1:46 am

        Thank you and cheers to you as well.
        Nice blog you have!

    CiGriArg said:
    January 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Great post, beautiful pictures and an amazing love story! Thanks for sharing it with us. And a Happy New Year!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 5, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks, I am glad you like it!
      Have a wonderful new year! Cheers!

    moderndayruth said:
    January 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    What a moving love story! Thank you so much for sharing it!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks, remember Cougar is waiting for your adoption! :)
      Have a great and peaceful weekend ahead! Cheers!

    Still Times said:
    January 15, 2013 at 5:39 am

    How very loving and beautiful. Thank you for sharing such a lovely story and photo’s.

    Maria

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 18, 2013 at 12:49 am

      You are welcome, Maria! :)

    mybeautfulthings said:
    February 18, 2013 at 12:40 am

    That is so beautiful :)

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 18, 2013 at 12:50 am

      I’m glad you like it as we do! :)

    FindingStrengthToStandAgain said:
    March 25, 2013 at 3:15 am

    What a beautiful story of love. Thank you so much sharing it.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 25, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Hey, you are most welcome! :)

    lavernjdewilde said:
    May 3, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Thank you for exquisite elaboration of the two lovers and love deeds, brought tears to my eyes. I understand. Married 48 years, constantly reflecting the kindnesses my husband has performed and does perform for me and I for him!!!!!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      May 5, 2013 at 12:07 am

      Wow! You must be a lovely couple, envy! :)

    Mohenjo said:
    May 10, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Reblogged this on James' World 2.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      May 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you! :)

        Mohenjo said:
        May 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm

        You are welcome, love your blog!

        Sydney Fong responded:
        May 11, 2013 at 10:18 pm

        Thank you sooo much! :)

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