Message tells the story of a 70 year old Chinese man who lived with his wife in a mountain cave for fifty years and hand-carved more than 6000 stairs up the mountainside for her.
Fwd: An incredible love story
An incredible 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 a century.
Xu felt that she had tied Liu down and repeatedly asked him, ‘Are you regretful? Liu always replied, ‘As long as we are industrious, life will improve.’
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. Liu MingSheng, one of their seven children said, ‘My parents loved each other so much, they have lived in seclusion for over 50 years and never been apart a single day. 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.’
Xu spent days softly repeating this sentence and touching her husband’s black coffin with tears rolling down her cheeks.
In 2006, their story 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.
This message relates the story of a Chinese couple who lived happily in a cave for fifty years after they ran off together due to criticism from their family and community. According to the story, the man carved over 6000 steps up the mountainside to make access to the cave easier for his wife. Finally, says the tale, the man died in his wife’s arms at the age of 70 after a lifetime of devotion.
The story is certainly a touching and uplifting one. However, although it may well all be true, I have so far been unable to conclusively verify the story. The story, complete with photographs, was reported in various Asian news outlets during 2006. Since then, it has been posted to a large number of online forums and blogs and also circulates via email.
According to various online articles, the story was chosen among China’s top ten love stories in a competition organized by the Chinese Women Weekly. Most of the available reports are basically the same as the emailed version included above and contain the same set of photographs. Further information about the couple is apparently very scarce as are other photographs of the steps, cave and couple. However, I will update this article with more information if and when it becomes available.
Although the story itself is quite possibly true, a note of pure nonsense creeps into the text at the end of the message. The email claims that if the recipient sends the message to 15 other people and then presses the F6 key, the name of the person he or she loves will appear. However, this is completely untrue. No lover’s name will be revealed even if you forward the message to 500 people. This little trick is often used in forwarded emails as a means of ensuring that a particular message will be passed on to others. Any claim that “something”, such as the sudden appearance of a photograph or video, will happen if an email is forwarded to others is sure to be utter nonsense.
Last updated: 30th July 2008
First published: 30th July 2008
By Brett M. Christensen
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!