Wenchuan man shows indomitable spirit despite disasters

08:40, May 12, 2011      

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On the third anniversary of earthquake in Wenchuan, a journalist with People's Daily Online went to Dujiangyan City, Sichuan Province, and met Liu Zhongyong, a resident in Longchi Town. In the past three years, Liu has experienced three huge disasters that caused him to be separated from his wife and daughter and lose vast amounts of money. Though he suffered from great misfortune, he has always tried his best to help others. Liu Zhongyong, ranked on "China's 2011 Good People List" and enjoys a sound reputation in his hometown.
After the breakout of the catastrophic earthquake, Liu took an active part in disaster relief. He helped search for lost children and brought 30 victims to his own inn. After the earthquake, he applied to join the Communist Party and meanwhile put his whole heart into reconstruction efforts.

He collected 1.2 million RMB from his friends and relatives and was ready to run a new inn, which was supposed to open in July 2009. However, on July 17, a mud-rock flow broke out. During the disaster, he led tourists to hide in a hill. This time, the property damage cost him more than 700,000 yuan.
On his return to Longchi Town, he found that his house was almost completely collapsed, resulting in over 1 million yuan direct financial losses. The only bit of luck was that nobody was injured.

Thanks to his ceaseless efforts, his new inn opened its doors on July 19, 2010. However, another disaster was right around the corner. On Aug. 14, a mud-rock flow took his wife and daughter away from him. In addition, he also suffered from 3 million property losses.

However, he was not defeated by destiny. Instead, he was determined to make his life meaningful.

In the end of 2010, he was ranked in "China's Good People List." Asked why he could always do good deeds, Liu said, he left home to earn money at 12 years old and was helped by a lot of people since then, so he thinks he should help others in return.

Liu is currently doing aquatic business. Early this year, he visited Shenzhen and Guangzhou, where he is planning to open a restaurant. Now he is confident about his future life.

By People's Daily Online
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