台湾小镇因壁画走红

In the village of Huija, in southern Taiwan’s Shanhua district, each house stands out from its neighbor thanks to different cartoon murals(壁画).

壁画带动房价上涨
Huija has seen an increase in property(房地产) prices and the arrival of busloads of(一车一车的,形容人多) tourists since it underwent(经历) its unusual facelift(整容手术) over the last year.

The village’s animation-style reinvention was inspired, according to locals, by three sisters who picked up their brushes during a visit their grandmother’s house in April, 2014.

Bored and wanting to keep their grandmother company, the women covered the exterior of her home with pixelated(像素化的) cartoon characters and portraits of Daruma dolls(达摩吉祥娃娃), a traditional Japanese lucky charm(吸引力).

Painted house trend
Today, the neighborhood is home to dozens of murals. New illustrations pop up(突然出现) frequently, and on any given day, artists (or villagers) can be spotted at work on a painting.

“Kids will paint, some art schools will come in and offer their services, or people will hire professionals to paint their blank walls,” Liao explains.
“And now we have a lot of tourists — mostly from Hong Kong and China.”

 

 

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