There are some people in this world who will just throw themselves out into our society to stand up for what they believe in. Some people protest, some people fill a petition with thousands of names, and then there’s people like Rainbow Grandpa (彩虹爺爺).
On the outskirts of Taichung, there lives a man by the name of Rainbow Grandpa, or Grandpa Huang (Huang Yung-Fu). He lives in an old military dependents village, made up of houses built in the late 1940s-1950s, used as housing for Nationalist soldiers, which were later converted into permanent housing. One day, the Taichung government announced that they wanted to demolish the place. But Grandpa Huang was having none of that. He immediately grabbed some brightly hued paints and a brush, and set to work. He would save the village, and save it he did. And not only did he rescue it from demolition, he also created an incredible rainbow village. The government decided to shift their urban renewal plans around to help preserve the whimsical little world that this passionate old man brought to life.
When you arrive at the entrance, you’re greeted by a colorful brick wall. This is just the beginning of the rainbow. As you walk along, multicolored houses will pop into view. Rainbow Grandpa must have spent months, years maybe, to cover every wall and corner and brick with a colorful painting. He really utilized his imagination and all his work has a very unique quality. There are also a lot of aboriginal paintings and they almost seem to tell a story.
Rainbow Grandpa isn’t just a mythical, magical hero. He lives there, and if you’re lucky enough you might get to meet him! As you wander into the small courtyard, you might find him sat at his little table with his welcoming, warm smile. Pop a coin or two into his donation box and he’ll be sure to come running over with a drawing especially for you. If he doesn’t have one on hand, he’ll whip one up in no time. We were very fortunate to have the chance to receive a drawing of a fish, and to stop to have a chat with him. He’s everything you’d expect from a man called Rainbow Grandpa. His grin emanates positive energy and he seemed genuinely interested in our thoughts upon stumbling on such a place.
It’s not everyday that you can wander around a little rainbow village, hand-painted by a man of 90years old. It’s a small place, and it doesn’t take longer than 30 minutes to really soak it all in, but it’s worth every minute of the trip. It’s got a special vibe that you have to go experience for yourself! Make sure you bring your camera – it’s the perfect backdrop for a fun photoshoot. We even saw a model with her entourage of photographers making good use of the place, and Rainbow Grandpa seemed more than happy to welcome every tourist in with open arms.
What are you waiting for? Hop on over to Taichung to visit this little wonder. Rainbow Grandpa’s village is an example of what can be achieved if you really believe in something. And in return, we can have the chance to experience his little corner of beauty and all that it stands for. Some things really are worth fighting for!
How to Get There:
From Taichung Train Station:
Take bus 27 to Lindongsan Station, then walk about 170m to get to Ganchen 6 Village.
Take bus 40 to Lindongsan Station, then walk about 142m to get to Ganchen 6 Village.
Take bus 30 to Lindongsan Station, then walk about 142m to get to Ganchen 6 Village.
Take bus 40 to Dongguan Company Station, then walk about 336m to get to Ganchen 6 Village.
By car or taxi:
Freeway 1 –> exit from Nantun Interchange –> drive on Sec. 2, Wuquan W. Rd./ Prefectural Way 136 –> turn left on the first block and take Zhongyong Rd. –> turn right on Jiangong Rd.
Freeway 1 –> exit from Nantun Interchange –> drive to the direction of Taichung/ Longjing –>exit from Nantun Interchange (Longjing) –> take Sec. 3, Wuquan W. Rd./ Prefectural Way 136 –>turn left on the first block and take Zhongyong Rd. –> turn right on Jiangong Rd.
*Many taxi drivers will likely know where if you just tell them Rainbow Grandpa’s Villagew.