It’s still the same old story, a fight for love and glory, a case of do or die. The world will always welcome lovers, as time goes by. Beautiful words written by Herman Hupfeld in 1931. Even before Mr. Hupfled wrote the words to As Time Goes By for the Broadway musical Everybody’s Welcome, lovers have been fighting for love and dying for love. The need to declare one’s love is timeless. Now lovers all over the world are affixing love locks to bridges, train stations, metal trees, etc. to declare their everlasting love.
While there is no definitive origin for love locks, many believe that love locks started after a young couple threw themselves off cliffs located in the Huangshan Mountains. Huangshan is located in the south of Anhui province in eastern China. The mountains in Huangshan are known for their breathtaking sunrises, pine trees, strange granite peaks and clouds that resemble the ocean, aptly named sea clouds. The tallest and best known peaks of the Huangshan mountain range are Lotus Peak, Bright Summit Peak and Celestial Peak.
The story, as usual, is about forsaken love. A beautiful, young girl falls in love with a boy, but the girl’s father disapproves of the boy because he is poor. The father does not want his daughter to spend her life in poverty so he arranges for her to marry a rich man, whom she does not love. On the day of her wedding the poor boy steals the beautiful, young girl away to Huangshan Mountain. Standing on the edge of a cliff, they hold hands and jump into the deep ravine below.
Today, visitors climbing Lotus Peak will see iron chains covered with brass locks. Couples lock their locks onto the chains and throw the keys down the mountainside, symbolizing that their love will last eternity and be forever locked to the Huangshan Mountain.