In October, autumn falls on the plain areas in Hubei and Hunan. In Hubei, the water level of the lakes close to the Yangtze begins to drop. The laws of nature provide people with an opportunity to reach the bottoms of the lakes.
Every year, brothers Shengwu and Maorong come to Jiayu for a hard job when the water level drops. New opportunities and challenges are waiting for them. The brothers are going to dig out a delicious vegetable. It grows deep in the silt and is difficult to dig out. This jam Maorong has dug out. “Here is another one. It’s more to this side. I built my house and provided for my kids to go to school with the money I am doing.” This jam that Maorong has dug out is a lotus root, a high yield vegetable that grows in lakes. “Excellent physical condition is necessary for the work. It requires a strong body. People who are not so strong are incapable of digging through the silt. So they have to give up.”