Rail travel has always been, and still is, Bruce Connolly’s preferred way to travel. Exactly 30 years ago, he arrived in China by train on a journey from Glasgow, Scotland, to Hong Kong’s Hung Hom Station. That journey was also a life changer. If he had not taken the train, his China story would never have happened — 30 years later the country remains his adopted home.
Liang Qishun and Zhang Shengdi have been painting together for 10 years. After quitting their jobs at a decoration company this year, they started their own mural business in their hometown of Tunchang county, Hainan province. Painting walls is not easy. The work needs skill as well as physical power. To complete their first order, they worked for three days, sleeping just five hours each day. The effort paid off. That first client was impressed and gave them more business. They plan to create a series of murals based on Tunchang’s features to promote their hometown.
Adapted from popular Hong Kong writer Isabel Nee Yeh-su’s novel