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Thirsty Fenghuang town goes in caves for water

06-01-2011 08:35 BJT Special Report:Severe Drought Hits South China |

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In Chinese, Feng Huang stands for Phoenix. The mythical bird is a good omen of longevity. The town of Feng Huang gets its name from a legend saying these fantastic birds flew over the town and found it so beautiful they hovered over it. Located on the western edge of Hunan Province, Feng Huang's beauty lives up to the story.

Claiming to be one of the two most beautiful towns in China, Feng Huang sets an example of what villages were like before the start of modernization. Its stone paved lanes, elegant bridges and wooden houses create a charming picturesque scene of Southwest China. But, none of these would be true without the mist surrounding the town and the river running through the village. Today the town is hit so hard by the drought some of the 25 thousand residents are drinking cavern water to quench their thirst.

Rock plate well.

The lack of water has driven the village chief out of the village for quite a
while, in hope of finding another water source.

For 800 residents living inside the Rock Plate village, this has been the only source of water since their father and grandfathers time.

But today, not a single drop can be found in it.

Wu Shanghong, village chief said "We have no drinking water. The well has dried up for a month now."

The lack of water has driven the village chief out of the village for quite a while, in hope of finding another water source.

The villagers were lucky enough to have found a pound of water at the end of
the cave.

With no where else to go, he decided to try his luck in mountain caves located 3 kilometers away from the village.

Wu Shanghong said "This cave runs 1 thousand meters deep. I know there is water, but it's quite limited."

It is pitch dark inside the cave, but the sounds of dropping water provided a silverlining.

The villagers were lucky enough to have found a pound of water at the end of the cave, but carrying it home on the slippery rock is another issue.

Wu Fenglian, villager said "A little is better than none. Plus, the water is quite clean."

Though cavern water can get the villagers settled for another month, but if no rain drops from the sky by then, the villagers will have to go on searching again.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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