Artists from Tai­wan travel to main­land to pro­mote cultural, tourism ex­changes

China Daily (Canada) - - HOLIDAY -

When tourists ap­proach the Rocks Can Sing art zone in Beigang vil­lage, Fu­jian prov­ince, they can en­joy the sights of artists us­ing rocks to make mu­sic and peo­ple sip­ping cof­fee at a cafe in rock houses.

Rocks Can Sing is an art project that cov­ers ac­com­mo­da­tion, live mu­sic, a restau­rant, a cafe and a sou­venir store. Cur­rently, a to­tal of 10 young peo­ple from the Chi­nese main­land and Tai­wan, in­clud­ing Tai­wan res­i­dent Lin I-chen and her boyfriend Liao Che-wei, work at the art project.

The art zone pro­motes cultural and tourism ex­changes across the Tai­wan Straits in Ping­tan county, which lies 126 kilo­me­ters west of Tai­wan.

Ping­tan is an is­land county in east­ern Fu­jian, con­sist­ing of more than 100 islets.

In June 2015, Lin, her brother and her sis­ter-in-law trav­eled to Ping­tan to sell tea leaves and hand­i­crafts from Tai­wan.

Im­pressed by the lo­cal rock houses, they de­cided to rent the rock houses to start home­s­tays and other busi­nesses in Beigang vil­lage.

Their Rocks Can Sing art quickly be­came a suc­cess.

Some artists from Tai­wan have trav­eled to the vil­lage to seek in­spi­ra­tion. project


Lin I-chen (right) and her boyfriend Liao Che-wei play with dogs in front of a cof­fee shop at the Rocks Can Sing art zone in Beigang vil­lage on Sept 6.

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