Ming Tomb Reservoir is one of the most memorable places in Chinese history. It is located near the Ming Tomb.
Ming Dynasty ruled China from 1368 to 1644. This period is known as the Ming Dynasty. China has a burial ground of the tombs of 13 Ming emperors. It is a tourist attraction.
Ming Tomb Reservoir
Red China’s zeal and the power of volunteerism are reflected in the fact that this great lake was built entirely by the labor of the common people, and also set a record by completing it in a very short period of time.
A stream flows through the mountains where the Ming tombs are located, but a large part of the valley was previously unsuitable due to lack of water.
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It was clear to the rulers and the people of Red China that if a dam was built across the stream, a barren province could be turned into a prosperous farming colony and that hydro power generation would greatly benefit the region’s industrial development as well as flooding during the rainy season Seeing that deforestation could also be prevented, they decided to build such a reservoir. They hoped to build it in the Third Five Year Plan (1963 to 1967) in line with the new government’s priority program at the time.
However, in the winter of 1957, there was a great deal of interest in the reservoir and irrigation industry throughout the country. As a result, villagers living near the Ming Tombs began to build a dam across the river. Soon, people from all over the area volunteered to help.
Soon social workers and volunteers from various parts of the country flocked to join the volunteers, who were blessed by the government and the Communist Party.
It was definitely started in January 1958, but the engineers thought it would take years, but the villagers knew that the floodwaters would recede in six months and worked hard to complete the work before the floods. The work was completed before the end of the month.
How did they perform this miracle?
Built without much mechanical equipment, the Ming Tomb Reservoir is about 2,000 feet long. It is about 90-100 feet high and 22 feet wide at the top of it. At the top it narrows and ends at the aforesaid path.
A large hydroelectric power plant has been built below the sluice (I could not find the power capacity generated there).
Shortly after taking office, China’s undisputed leader, Mao Zedong, and other ministers, including Chou En-lai, worked as workers. They worked day and night, illuminating the area with electric lights.
Initially, stone was used for this purpose by hand and trunk, but to make the work easier, the workers themselves built a railway. All the equipment was manufactured by themselves without foreign assistance.
Men as well as women, regardless of age, worked there. It is said that even the Chinese leaders came forward to entertain the workers.
How powerful should the government’s propaganda mechanism be to call them to work one point at a time?
The cost of the project, which was estimated at 180 million yen, was limited to 30 million yen due to the support of volunteers. The government was able to save 150 million yen. This reservoir ended up making China very proud.
Shouldn’t we also follow the example of the Chinese people who put personal pleasures aside?
These are just dreams for your country. What can not be done?
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Sasindu Jayasri is an Engineering student from Sri Lanka and he studies mechanical engineering at the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Moratuwa. He is passionate about writing and giving inspiration to the world. Follow him in LinkedIn for updates and you can contact him directly.