The 95-year-old man's Rainbow Village

28LabPublished: November 13, 2017Updated: November 14, 2017
Published: November 13, 2017Updated: November 14, 2017

Rainbow Village, located in the suburbs of Taichung, Taiwan, has undergone a massive transformation thanks to a 95 year old man named Huang Yong Fu. He was born in Hong Kong, and fought in the Second Sino-Japanese war as a member of the Chinese Nationalist Party, when he came to Taiwan with his regimen in 1949. Then, years later he settled down in this village and began painting around 2008. At the time the region was to be a part of a redevelopment project, but village fans, seeking to protect the village which had become famous for its paintings, gathered support online and sent numerous e-mails to the mayor of the city, so the mayor came to visit the village personally. Then things changed quickly, and rather than destroy the village, they moved to help preserve it. Mr. Huang Yong Fu goes out whenever he can to greet and talk to tourists, and the village makes an effort to support philanthropic work by donating a portion of the money it makes from souvenirs to charitable organizations.

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