The Chinese of Yu Gong Moved Away Two Mountains--Yu Gong Yi Shan is 愚公移山.
Long long time ago, there was an ninety-year-old man named Yu Gong (愚公)
who lived in the north of two high mountains. One was called Tai Hang
Mountain and the other Wang Wu Mountain. It was hard for him and his
family to get around because of the mountains. So he made up his mind to
move the mountains out of his way. One day, Yu Gong called all his
family together to talk about how to move the two mountains to other
His wife said, "An old man like you cannot even move a small
hill, not to mention the two high mountains. Even if you can, where can
you throw so much earth and stone?"
"Dump them into the Sea of Bohai!" said everyone.
So Yugong, his sons, and his grandsons started to break up rocks and
remove the earth. They transported the earth and rubble to the Sea of Bo
Their neighbor was a widow. She has an eight-year- old son . He was glad
to offer his help. Summer went by and winter came. It took them a whole
year to travel back and forth once.
On the bank of the Yellow River dwelled an old man named Zhi Sou who was
much respected for his wisdom. He laughed at him and said, "You are so
silly! You're so old and weak that you can't even take away the grass
and trees. How can you move the high mountains?"
Yu Gong shook his head and said,"You're wrong. You can't even compare
with the widow's little boy! Even if I am dead, there will still be my
children, my grandchildren, my great grandchildren, my great great
grandchildren. They will go on forever. But these mountains will not
grow taller. We shall move them one day!" Seeing the old man so
confident, Zhi Sou was tongue-tied.
The gods of the two mountains, hearing about Yu Gong's words, was afraid
that Yu Gong and his family would never stop just as he said to Zhi
Sou, and thus reported the Emperor of Heaven about this. Moved by Yu
song's spirits, the Emperor of Heaven ordered the two mountains to be
moved away. Yu Gong’s dream came true.