He lived in a part of the world that contained thousands of years' worth of history. So, when he found this on his property, he smiled and considered it a good sign. This discovery could make him rich, he thought. He bent down and took a better look at the weird object. But as he took a closer look at the item, he saw something he had totally missed the first time. Once he figured out what his eyes were actually seeing, he was completely baffled.
A Simple Life
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Li Wenhua was a simple orange farmer in Pujiang village, which was located in Chengdu in Sichuan Province, China. Extraordinary things were rare in his life. After all, he owned few luxuries and led a very simple life. But he was a hard worker who managed to provide well for his entire family. Then, things took an unforeseen turn, and he found that his life was simply out of control.
The Legacy Lives On
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Agriculture gave the people in the Chengdu area a chance to make a good living. Since ancient times, the city, located in the Chengdu Plain, was known as the “Land of Abundance,” because of the great climate and fertile soil. Then, an irrigation system was built on the Min River in the second century BC. This made Sichuan one of the most productive agricultural areas in all of China. And to this day, that legacy continues. But modern obstacles have popped up, and farmers like Wenhua are aware of the issues.
In High Demands
Southeast Asia is native to mandarin oranges. They’re a symbol of good luck, and people gift them to each other during the Chinese New Year. If anyone knows this, it’s Wenhua, who’s a mandarin orange farmer. Thanks to trade protections, the market offers mostly domestic products, which is why these oranges are always in high demand. This provides a steady income for farmers like Wenhua. But now, he’s in jeopardy of losing his livelihood.
Mandarins Are Tough
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Mandarin oranges are able to withstand colder temperatures better than other citrus fruit in existence. This is great because Chengdu’s winters are very chilly despite its humid climate and limited sunshine. Mandarins aren’t 100% immune to the ravages of the elements. Climate change and an increase in pollution have made the weather difficult to predict. Now, Wenhua’s trees are vulnerable to disease and frost, causing his orchards to yield less produce. He knew he had to find a second income before it was too late. Then, he made an unexpected discovery.