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'Love Ladder of China' is an incredible love story that has 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. Over 50 years ago, Liu, a 19 year-old boy, fell in love with a 29 year-old widowed mother named Xu. At that time, it was unacceptable and immoral for a young man to love an older woman. To avoid the gossip, the couple decided to elope and lived in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern ChongQing area.

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 light up their lives. 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. The couple had lived in peace for over 50 years until Liu returned from his daily farm work and collapsed in 2007. Now Xu Chaoqing, the heroine of the "Love Ladder" story, died at the age of 87 on Oct 30.

Though simple, it is what true love really means. But I'm sad that nowadays most people are blind with materials and temptations.

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200 people headed for Changle, a common village at the deep mountain in Chongqing. Among them were local residents, media reporters, as well as friends from all over the country. They came from all directions, only to witness the funeral of the heroine of  "love ladder"  Xu Zhaoqing. Pictured are many strangers on their way to "love ladder" to mourn the loss of the elderly woman.

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Xu's funeral was held in her hometown, Jiangjin district of Chongqing on Nov 4.  Many people came from all over the country on Sunday to see off an old woman whose romantic story of a "Ladder of Love" moved numerous Chinese.

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"My mom and dad can finally have a reunion in heaven. She always said that 'his death has taken everything away from me' and could hardly face life after his passing," said Liu Mingsheng, son of the old couple.

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A picture of Xu Chaoqing and her husband Liu Guojiang taken on December 28th, 2006 after they ran off to live in a remote cave and love each other in peace for over half a century.

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Báitóu dào lǎo, lǎo, yīqǐ... Méiyǒu.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Liu Guojiang hand-carved 6,000 steps to help his wife get down the mountain easily and safely. The 'love stair' in Southwest China's Chongqing has become a holy land for couples in love.

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