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  • In Taiwan, you might stumble upon this small village filled with colorful paintings of dogs, cats and celebrities.

  • Welcome to Taiwan's Rainbow Village.

  • These paintings were all done by one man.

  • Locals call him the "Rainbow Grandpa."

  • (Cantonese) Who is the Rainbow Grandpa?

  • (Cantonese) It's me, Huang Yung-fu.

  • (Cantonese) I am 97 years old.

  • Eight years ago, Huang's village was slated for demolition.

  • To save it, he decided to paint murals on the remaining houses.

  • (Cantonese) Everything was originally white and yellow.

  • (Cantonese) It was so freaking ugly.

  • (Cantonese) I usually paint at night.

  • (Cantonese) There are too many people during the day.

  • His village used to have more than 1,000 homes.

  • It started out as a settlement for Nationalist soldiers and their families, who fled mainland China to Taiwan after they lost to the Communists in the Chinese Civil War.

  • But gradually, all the veterans moved away.

  • Today, there are only 11 houses left, and Huang is the last man standing.

  • (Cantonese) I've enjoyed painting since I was young.

  • (Cantonese) I started in school when I was 6 or 7 years old.

  • (Cantonese) Later, I joined the military in Hainan.

  • (Cantonese) I was 17, not even 18 yet.

  • (Cantonese) I learned how to fly planes, military planes.

  • (Cantonese) We fought against the Japanese.

  • (Cantonese) Later, we fought against the Communists.

  • Unlike many of his compatriots, who chose to leave the village for better housing, Huang decided to stay.

  • His murals have given the village new life as a tourist attraction and Instagram hotspot.

  • Every morning, he still gets up early to paint whatever he feels like.

  • (Cantonese) I like painting celebrities, singers, athletes, volleyball players, basketball players.

  • (Cantonese) I only paint people I like.

  • (Cantonese) If I don't like them, I don't paint them.

  • (Cantonese) Who's your favorite celebrity?

  • (Cantonese) Pai Bing-bing.

  • But many of his murals also depict childhood memories, from before the war.

  • (Cantonese) I also like painting animals.

  • (Cantonese) Dogs, cats, and birds.

  • (Cantonese) My favorite color is red.

  • (Cantonese) It's pretty and eye-catching.

  • (Cantonese) I also like dots.

  • (Cantonese) No one else does it.

  • (Cantonese) I'm happy.

  • (Cantonese) Because this is my creation, and everyone comes to see it.

  • (Cantonese) And they all know me as Huang Yung-fu, the Rainbow Grandpa.

  • Wasn't that guy cute?

  • I've actually been to a lot of these villages in Taiwan where people paint the walls and go there to take selfies.

  • If you want more videos on Taiwan, check out our video on sky lanterns up here.

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In Taiwan, you might stumble upon this small village filled with colorful paintings of dogs, cats and celebrities.

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    Eunice Lin posted on 2020/08/11
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