It was said that in the reign of Yao and Shun, the overrunning flood was mischievous, so Yao assigned Gun to regulate it.
Gun wanted to cut off the flood with stones but failed.
Then, Shun assigned Yu, Gun’s son, to continue the work. Having learned his father’s lesson, Yu dredged new river channels as outlets, guiding water into river and river into sea. Day by day, year by year, Yu spent thirteen years in governing the flood without a break. During these years, Yu passed by his house three times and never went in.
This not only eliminated the flood, but contributed to the development of agriculture.
without a break不停顿的