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The real Yu Gong chisels water channels across cliffs

2017-04-19 15:33:00 (Beijing Time)


Huang Dafa is hailed as a living incarnation of the myth of Yu Gong, 'the old man who moves mountains'.

Three peaks stood in the way of the water source nearest his village. So, like the ancient Yu Gong, Huang grabbed a shovel - and made the seemingly impossible possible.

Over 36 years, he led villagers to chisel 10 kilometers of water channels across sheer cliffs.

It's a story of perseverance in the face of incredible odds - and danger.