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Thu, 25/05/2017 - 16:48

Chinese journalists visit the Canary Islands to discover and promote the ‘Sanmao’ Route

Caldera de Taburiente, La Palma

One of the most influential lifestyle bloggers in China, Fengtongxue, and the travel journalist specialising in Spain, Jie Wang, are in the archipelago visiting the most emblematic sights on the so-called ‘Sanmao’ Route. These places, which the blogger and journalist are to write about on their return to the Asian country, are linked to the Taiwanese writer Chen Ping, known outside of China as Echo Chen, and who used the pen name of Sanmao (a homonym of a comic-book character) to promote her successful books in China.

During this five-day visit (23 to 27 May), organised by Promotur Turismo de Canarias, the Spanish Tourism Office in the People’s Republic of China and the Tourist Boards of Gran Canaria and La Palma, the journalist and the influencer will enjoy the chance to visit the houses where the writer lived with her husband José María Quero, his grave, and the places where they used to go on La Palma and Gran Canaria. They will also have the opportunity to interview people on the islands who knew the couple well.

The writer Sanmao was married to a Spaniard and resided in the Canary Islands until 1979, namely the islands of Gran Canaria and La Palma. She used her writing to tell about life experiences set in other countries, such as that reflected in her first published book The Stories of the Sahara, which went on to be a bestseller in China. Her extensive literature, contained in over twenty books, had a huge impact there and included autobiographical elements. Sanmao was also known for being the Chinese translator of Mafalda, the famous Argentinian comic strip by the cartoonist Quino.


* This action is 85% co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).