Meet The 97-Year-Old Grandpa Who Saved His Entire Village From Demolition By Turning It Into A “Rainbow Village” Carl FombyJanuary 2020 Imagine living in the same village or estate for over 40 years enjoying your retirement, then suddenly, the government threatens to demolish your home. If you fail to take any immediate action, you might end up losing everything that ever mattered to you. But how do you stop the government from ruining everything you love? Well, this grandpa found a genius way to save his village from being demolished. And now many people from all around the world want to visit him and his outstanding home. When Huang Yung-fu was 86-years-old, he faced a dilemma. The Taiwanese government threatened to knock down his village, in attempts to build a more modern apartment complex. As the last remaining resident, Huang Yung-fu was offered money to pack up his belongings and move elsewhere. But he couldn’t bear the thought of leaving the only home he’d ever known in Taiwan. So, he decided to paint the walls of the houses with colorful art, to appease the authorities not to knock down the village. Huang, now affectionately known as “Rainbow Grandpa,” was born in China. After fighting in World War II, for the Nationalist Party over Mao Zedong’s Communist government, the Nationalists lost, and he and the other 2 million people fled to Taiwan. It was here that they were housed in a makeshift village put together hastily for the incoming members of the military and their families. What was meant to be a temporary solution eventually became home for the war veterans. So, it came as a shock when, 40 years later, it looked like the only place Huang could call home was about to be obliterated. Huang shared with BBC: “When I came here, the village had 1,200 households, and we’d all sit and talk like one big family. But then everyone moved away or passed away, and I became lonely.” With nowhere else to go, he turned to art painting to ease his suffering. He started by painting a small bird in his small house. It continued with cats, birds, and people that began flowing across the vacant buildings in the village. After a few paintings, a local university student stumbled upon the village and, after hearing Huang’s story, vowed to help. He took a few photos of the village and began a fundraising campaign, petitioning to save it from destruction. The news went viral, and “Rainbow Grandpa” was born. Capturing the heart of the nation, the colorful village became a huge tourist destination, and it continues to bring more than a million visitors every year. The best of all, Huang retained his home.