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Published: October 20th 2020
In the town of Huolu town,in the Wulong District, there is a pond named Mengchong Pond, which. With an area of only 200 square meters, the water in the pool feels very cool. This pond has had a beautiful legend since ancient times.
According to folklore, in the early years, there was originally no natural pond or stream in Longba village, only a small pond called Longtang near the elephant dog cave. Because the pond current was too small to be used for irrigation, the village was often experienced drought, and the Longba people often worried about the lack of water. In 1801, there was a great drought resulting in and the failed crops failed and hunger people went hungry. At that time, Luo Pianda, a strong man who was only twenty years old, had the greatest martial skills in the country. He was wronged and sentenced to death in Fuzhou for stealing borrowing food from a large family forcibly to help the drought victims.
At that time, While imprisoned, Luo Pianda went to bathe in the pool, where the Dragon King's third daughter, Cai Mengchong, found him. Fairy Cai noticed saw Luo Pianda’s outstanding talent and attractiveness appearance,
and fell in love with him at first sight. so she fall in love at first sight to him, She then turned into a beautiful woman and went down to the river, inquiring about asked Luo Pianda’s story. Luo Pianda noticed her beauty and assumed she wassaw the little girl was very beautiful, guess that she must be a noble lady. , hHe told her the reason for his crime injustice, and asked her the young lady to help fight for justice. Later, Fairy Cai visited the people in person in Longba, proving that what Luo Pianda’s innocence Zhuangshi said was true, and she went back to the palace to report the truth to her father. Dragon King, The Dragon Kking immediately acquitted found out the truth then let Luo Pianda acquitted of the charge.
After Luo Pianda was released from out of prison, he came to thank the Dragon King and, recognized Cai Mengchong coincidentally. He asked the Dragon King to give him a sweet spring to provide Longba with enough water. Actually,Fairy Cai had already developed a heart of love for Luo Pianda and Longba village, and she proposed to her father that she’d like to settled
in Longba and help those villagers to move the pond and build athe river. With the permission of the Dragon King, Fairy Cai went to Longba and decided to move the pond which was three kilometers away to Luo Pianda’s house. Then Fairy Cai prayed tocalled on the God lord of Tthunder to cheer, and respectfully asked the old Dragon King to drop the for heavy rain. The next morningA night passed, people saw "Old Longtang Pond" disappeared without a trace, replaced by a new gourd-shaped pond which showed in other place, it has raised the water level, increased the amount of water, and flowed into the Wujiang Rriver.
Fairy Cai successfully moved completed the movement of the pond into the river, bringing the Longba people happiness and gratitude toward were very happy and thanked the Dragon King and his daughter for his kindness. They renamed that pond "Mengchong Pond" in honorthe name of the Cai Mengchong fairy. Renaming the pond reminds people of two things: Its meaning was remember the kindness that Fairy Cai’s gift of water by from movinged the pond into the river to gave they water, and the second was that the pond was born
in people's sleep. In Chinese the word, M “meng” means a dream!
After the establishment of the Mengchong Ppond, Luo Pianda immediately organized the masses to build dDams and weirs, as suggested by Fairy Cai, to bringso as to brought water to irrigate thefertile fields. Longba was no longer suffering from drought, the villagers no longer worried about water shortage, and everyone was so happy!
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