A couple in Qiantian Village, Cuiyan Township under Jinzhou City, spent their savings to acquire the contract rights of two mountains
RH Monitoring Desk
A peasant couple in northeastern China’s Liaoning Province spent nearly half a century magically transforming two barren mountains into a leafy paradise for birds.
Creating an epic tale with their bare hands, a China-based news agency has reported that Tian Wangui, and his 63-year-old wife Lu Min, villagers in Qiantian Village, Cuiyan Township under Jinzhou City, spent their savings to acquire the contract rights of two mountains.
Wangui finished his service in the army in the 1980s, the report said, adding that he returned home and conceived of a new livelihood — planting fruit trees on the hills at his doorstep.
“At first, the couple planted some fruit seedlings on part of the land. In order to water the saplings, they had to carry water up to the top of the mountain several times a day by themselves,” the report said, adding that year after year, the couple poured countless earnings into tree planting, including the proceeds from selling fruit.
Wangui was quoted as saying that, “It has been so long, and we have spent too much that I have lost count,”. “But it was all worth it to witness the mountains turning green,” he said.
According to the report, two mountains are covered by more than 50,000 trees of over 20 species. It also resulted in the favor of rare birds.
Last year, the mountains were given the name “Lu Ling,” which in Chinese refers to the mountain that herons inhabit.
“We cherished the mountains and trees as we cherish our own child,” said
wife Lu, “Even as we grow old, our children will continue to guard the woods, watch over the birds and keep our dream alive.”