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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.

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Author: Sydney Fong

Hi, I am Sydney, a Singaporean. Making a living as an Architectural Illustrator, visionary. My blog entails categories of my interest, joy, upheaval of life and its destiny. Every post has its own characteristic. It conveys a story of its own, and the life of its owner.

129 thoughts on “3) Stairway to Heaven

  1. What a beautiful and touching story. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  2. Thank you for sharing this inspiring story.

  3. What a wonderful story. Thank you.

  4. Beautiful and heart warming! Love it!

  5. Sydney-
    This is an incredibly lovely story. Thank you for posting. I am sending it on to my family.

  6. A very moving story and what a marvelous achievement. Their children must be very proud of them

  7. Pure beauty. Thank you

  8. Reblogged this on 问号叹号 and commented:
    True love did exist. Might not happen to everyone, but story like this did enlighten my dull life.

    • Hey, thanks for reblogging! yes! true love really exist, this article make me realize the beauty side of human, is so pure and noble! and thanks for stopping by, have a good weekend!

  9. Beautiful story of two bodies and one soul. Love uninterrupted.

  10. I loved this, Sydney. Beautiful story of love and determination. Thank you.
    Cathy

  11. That is such a beautiful story. I’m glad I fell upon your blog!

  12. Wonderful story. Great images to go with it.

  13. Fabulous story!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  14. Thank you for sharing this beautiful and moving story!

  15. And this, my friends; is what love REALLY is! Very touching story! Beautiful! :D

  16. I heard about this story a while ago when the story was widely circulated among Chinese people, when it was written in Chinese. I am glad that you posted the story in English on your blog so that people around the world will know this beautiful love story.

  17. What a wondreful and touching story.

  18. Stunningly beautiful pictures and a very touching story!

  19. Beautiful and very touching love story.
    Thanks for sharing it with us all, Sydney.

  20. weeping….a beautiful story of devotion and love. thank you.

  21. Very nice stairs… nice pictures, all together.

  22. Oh Sydney! What a story. It surely restores our faith in humanity. The stairs are a testament to such painstaking dedication. I hope it serves as inspiration. I know it has inspired me!

  23. This is a nice story! In Hawaii (Oahu) we also have a place in which I have hiked before called “Stairway to Heaven”, but I think it is called this name because it is >4000 steps up the side of a mountain.

  24. Song and story, both lovely!
    Cheers, lovey!

  25. I need someone like Mr. Liu Guojiang. It’s av very touching story, it made me cry. Thanks for sharing this post.

  26. Very touching story. Thanks for sharing, pics are so nice.

  27. I have actually been to The Stairway many, mnay years ago. But never had such a story to relate to my visit until now. Thank you.

  28. Awwww.. Seriously… I’m touched by this!

  29. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown and commented:
    Wonderful!

  30. OMG, true love…. * misty eyed*

  31. Stick together, stay close to the mountain, take small steps, and sweep up after yourselves,

    Thank-you for today’s beautiful thing.

  32. so beautiful–emotionally, visually and spiritually, too.

  33. Sydney, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful love story that seems so rare these days. What a great way to start the day! ;)

  34. Reblogged this on bobbieslife and commented:
    A rare and beautiful love story that will warm your heart. Thank you Sydney for sharing this post with all of us.

  35. A story of true love, I would say.

  36. I am truly moved about the love and devotion of these two people who lived their life and made it to the stairsteps of heaven!

  37. story touched my heart . . . opened my mind to the strength of committed love … thank you for this gift.

  38. A very touching story! Feel warm after reading it.

  39. What a great story!!! Thank you!

  40. Aww, that’s a lovely story, and great photos of the steps too!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Rohan.

  41. What a beautiful love story, and it must be someone you know because of the pictures of their children, I assume. Thanks for sharing it. :)

  42. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I loved your story on Stairway to Heaven. So beautiful. Glad I stopped by.

  43. Sydney, thank you for coming over to my site, Be Whole Now, and giving me some Likes. This story is absolutely precious! I am hoping that in 2013 I will find a love so pure and true and – as you said – noble. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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