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Cultural China: "Faith can move mountains"******
TAIYUAN, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- In traditional Chinese culture, a proverb similar to "faith can move mountains" is called "Yu Gong Yi Shan," which means "the Foolish Old Man who moved mountains."
In the story, the Foolish Old Man, or Yugong, and his family lived in mountains that blocked their way in and out. To facilitate movement for themselves and the future generation, Yugong, approaching his 90s, was determined to remove the mountains, shovel by shovel.。
His act was mocked by the Wise Old Man, or Zhisou. "You are so foolish. With your remaining years and the little strength you still have, you could not cut a tree in the mountain. How can you possibly move all the soil and rocks," questioned Zhisou.。
Yugong replied, "It's true that I will die, but I have my sons, and they will have sons. Then their sons will have sons, and those sons will also have sons. I will have endless sons and grandsons, but these mountains will not grow. Why can't they be leveled?"
In the end, God was touched by Yugong's perseverance and sent two titans from heaven who helped move the mountains away.。
The fable has become a synonym for forging ahead while facing enormous difficulties and persevering to the end. Although it is not a real story, perseverant villagers in the Taihang Mountains of north China's Shanxi Province dug through a mountain standing between their village and the outside world.。
With a cliffside road built, farmers in Shenlongwan Village in Pingshun County have sent their agricultural products out for sale and brought in tourists, shaking off poverty and embracing prosperity.。
Benefiting from its unique climate, Shenlongwan is famous for its farming products, such as walnuts and pears, but transporting the farm produce out used to be a problem.。
Before the road was built, villagers had to trek six hours, detouring eight townships of three provinces to arrive at the county seat, or risk their lives climbing a narrow, almost vertical steep pass.。
"We desperately needed a road," said Duan Jianlin, a veteran from the village who participated in the construction. "If we couldn't finish building it in one year, we would try two years. If two years were not enough, we would make it three years."
It took the villagers 15 years to build the 1,526-meter road using simple tools like hammers and chisels.。
Now, 60 percent of the 700-plus villagers are engaged in tourism-related businesses. In the first half of this year, the village received more than 300,000 tourists despite the epidemic.。
"Walking on such a unique road is not only to enjoy the beautiful scenery but also to learn from the villagers' perseverance," said Zhang Hao, a traveler from Shanghai.。
Last year, the village saw its net per capita income reach 12,000 yuan (about 1,875 U.S. dollars). By comparison, the figure was only 680 yuan in 2000, when the road went operational.。
"The road is a path to prosperity and also a symbol revealing the traditional struggling spirit of Chinese people," said Zhou Haiyu, former Party chief of the village. Enditem。
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Preview: Man Utd vs Liverpool, big game in fascinating Premier League weekend******
LONDON, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Premier League has a series of fascinating games this weekend, which are dominated by the clash between eternal rivals, Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Both sides go into the match after important wins in the Champions League, although Manchester United rode their luck slightly to come back from 2-0 down against Atalanta and there is still a feeling that coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn't worked out how to get the best of the wealth of attacking talent in his squad.
Perhaps Liverpool have fewer options to rotate in attack than United, but with Mohamed Salah inarguably the best form of his career, Jurgen Klopp's side will feel confident of inflicting damage to a defense that conceded twice in midweek and four times last weekend away to Leicester City.
The weekend kicks off on Friday night with Arsenal taking on Aston Villa in a mid-table game before Chelsea defend their leadership at home to winless Norwich City on Saturday lunchtime.
Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner will both miss out for Chelsea due to injury, meaning that Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi should get the chance against a rival that has tightened up in defense in their last two games to take draws against Burnley and Brighton.
Despite consecutive draws, Brighton currently sit fourth in the table, but Manchester City will provide a litmus test to their hopes of gatecrashing into Europe this season.
Both sides look to play attractive passing football, although Brighton have also formed a rock-solid defense, that has conceded just five goals and helps to cover for their problems scoring goals, with just eight all season - half the total of Saturday's rivals.
Graeme Jones is temporarily in the Newcastle United dugout following the sacking of Steve Bruce during the week. Newcastle still have to win this campaign. It will be interesting to see how their players react to Bruce's departure, with Jones considered tactically more adaptable than his predecessor.
Claudio Ranieri takes his Watford team to face Everton looking to recover from the 5-0 thrashing against Liverpool on his debut. Everton are handicapped by injuries to key players such as Abdoulaye Doucoure, Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Leeds are also affected by injuries for their home game against Wolves with Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips, Robin Koch, Junior Firpo and Luke Ayling all sidelined against the rivals who have won their last three games and are gaining in confidence.
Southampton and Burnley need to find a bigger punch in front of goal in their game, which looks likely to be a close affair before Sunday sees what promises to be a high-intensity game between Brentford, who were very unlucky to lose to Chelsea a week ago, and Leicester, who have scored four goals in each of their last two games, with Patson Daka netting all four in their Europa League win in Moscow.
Finally West Ham host Tottenham after both sides had differing fortunes in Europe on Thursday, with West Ham taking a big stride towards the knockout stage of the Europa League with a 3-0 win over Genk, while a completely changed Spurs side wilted in a 1-0 defeat to Vitesse Arnhem. Enditem
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