A true love story. Enjoy.
Yao Nanshan, a 57-year-old Chinese expat multimillionaire who has been living in Spain, gave up everything he had in Europe to move to a rural Zhejiang village and spend his life with a simple farmer he fell in love with.
This moving love story started from one of his field research trips in 2013 to Yunhe County, Zhejiang province, where he and his friend were stunned by the beautiful scenery, snapping pictures until they realized that the last bus out of town had already left. They then had no choice but to knock on the door of a farmer’s home, asking whether they could stay for a night, NetEase reports.
The home owner Liu Lijuan was very hospitable to these strangers and put them up for free for the night. Yao was impressed by the lady’s kindness and spent nearly the entire night chatting with her. During their conversation, Yao realized that Liu had a very difficult life, her daughter had been diagnosed with a rare blood disease and her husband had died of stomach cancer, leaving behind huge medical debts. However, Liu never complained about her life. Despite all the problems she has encountered, she remained very optimistic and warmhearted, which made Yao fall for her.
A month after the trip, Yao returned to the rural village and told Liu about his feelings for her. While you might think that Liu would act like she had won the lottery, instead she rebuffed her potential Prince Charming, saying that she didn’t want to trouble him with all the problems in her life. Even after Yao told her that he was actually a multimillionaire, she still insisted on staying in the village, to earn more money and pay off her debts.
Yao then left for Spain and signed over all his businesses to his children. At first, his children thought their old man had gone insane, but after flying to China and seeing the smile and satisfaction on their father’s face that they hadn’t seen in years, they agreed to honor his wishes.
On December 25, 2015, Yao married Liu, surrounded by their family and friends. Yao has built a small inn in the village, so that the couple can make money, and Liu can pay off her debts herself.
Correction: While Mr. Yao may be rich, he isn’t billionaire rich, just multimillionaire rich. He is however a billionaire when it comes to love.
By Liting Lin
[Images via NetEase]