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The real Yu Gong chisels water channels across cliffs

By Erik Nilsson | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-04-19 03:33

 

Huang Dafa (right) spent 36 years persuading and then leading villagers to build 10 kilometers of waterways. [Photo by Pang Lingfeng/China Daily]

 

Even afterward, sometimes, nobody was willing to, villager Huang Binchun recalls.

"We eventually persuaded some young men," the 53-year-old recalls.

"The tasks were precarious and hard. Some nights, we slept in caves on the cliff. Everybody worked together. And we completed the channel."

The villagers spent a decade boring more than 100 meters through one peak-in vain.

Their determination was abundant. Their understanding of irrigation wasn't.

The water didn't flow.

But residents still use the tunnel as a passageway to walk through-rather than over-the mountains.

Just like Yu Gong.

Huang later spent a few years studying water-system engineering in Zunyi's Fengxiang town.

He returned to Caowangba and asked the villagers to try again. They agreed.

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