A 94-year-old man from Taiwan has saved his village by decorating it with colourful paintings.
Huang Yung-fu lives in a small village in Taiwan, near Taichung City. Seven years ago he started to paint beautiful paintings on the walls of the houses in his village. Now “Rainbow Village” is famous, and a million tourists come to see it every year.
In 1946, Huang was a soldier in the Nationalist Army. He fought against the Communists in China. But the Communists won, and Huang and many other Nationalist soldiers went to Taiwan. They lived in special villages for soldiers.
The houses in the village were very simple and not very comfortable. Many of the soldiers and their families left and went to live in the big cities. In the end, Huang lived alone in the village.
“I was alone in the village and I was bored,” Huang said. So he started to paint the walls of his house. He painted dogs, cats, planes, mythological figures and famous people like Bruce Lee. When he finished his house, he started to paint the other houses in the village.
People started to come to the village to see Huang’s colourful paintings. Now the village is an important tourist attraction. “I am so happy. I’ll never be lonely with all these tourists,” he said.