China’s Taj Mahal?

Here’s a love story to tide you over the weekend. Recently climbers in southwestern China discovered 6,000 steps carved into the side of a mountain. Turns out they were built over the course of fifty years, by a love-struck couple who eloped–and never came back.

The man was 19 years old when he fell in love with a 29 year old widow. Back then, when China was in its infancy (as the People’s Republic of China), the age difference was a social taboo. So they ran off into the mountains, and lived there ever since, unbeknownst to even the locals.

There’s some nice pictures and even a video on this site. Be warned there’s a somewhat sad ending to this tale: the man died last week.