When he returned, he had a more meticulous plan. Workers often slept in mountain caves to finish the carving, high above and away from their families.
Huang and the villagers started from higher elevations and rappelled down the mountain this time.
Ropes were tied to their waists like a special-forces team- albeit they were simply farmers armed with only rudimentary tools.
Some reported that their legs, “melted” from the hard work.
Dafa couldn’t even get to his own daughter and grandson’s funerals who died while he was working on the project, but the plan worked.
Dafa’s irrigation channel cut into a mountain-face now supplies 1200 people in his own small village with water, and three others that just happened to be along the 10-kilometer channel.
His village can now grow more than 400,000 kilograms of rice every year, too. And to sweeten his success, the town now has electricity and a new road which came due to his efforts.
His ambitious project began in 1959 and required 36 years of hard labor to complete, but his village is now thriving, and he is a local hero, worthy of the mythical status of Yu Gong.