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The spirit of building the Hongqi Canal December 2, 2020

The spirit of building the Hongqi Canal

The Hongqi Canal in Linzhou, Henan Province, was and remains a miracle of engineering. The project began in 1960 and was completed in 1969. In only 10 years, and using hammers, shovels and other simple tools and their own hands, 100,000 local people dug a 1,500-km-long canal through the precipitous cliffs in the Taihang Mountains. The days of "water as expensive as oil" were consigned to history.

The Hongqi Canal epitomizes the self-reliance and diligence of the Chinese people. The project facilitated the irrigation of a vast area of fields, and has also left behind a priceless spiritual legacy of "working for the people and relying on the people; being bold in taking actions based on local conditions; uniting to make a common contribution."