Chinese Fable Stories – A New Lake for an Old








A New Lake for an Old

Wang Anshi, prime minister of the Song Dynasty, was fond of public utility projects. A man who wanted to get into his good graces offered a proposition. “Drain Liangshanbo Lake, and you will have eight hundred square li of fertile land,” said the man.

Wang Anshi was elated, then he asked, “Where shall the water go?”

“Dig another lake of the same size beside it and the question is solved,” said Liu Kongfu.

Wang Anshi laughed and called the matter off.

The Records of Shao

(杨宪益、戴乃迭 译)

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