A Shanghai-based Taiwan artist's way home for Spring Festival
By Wu Lei, Barnaby Lo
03:09

The Spring Festival is a time to reunite and share happiness with family and friends. Most Taiwan people who work on the mainland also go back to the island for the holiday. We followed a Taiwan artist all the way from Shanghai to Kaohsiung, and it gave us an important insight into his life and new year celebrations.

Zen Dance is a marriage of modern dancing and traditional Taichi. Lee Weichun or Prince Lee is from China's Taiwan. Now he runs a culture communication company in Shanghai.

Lee Weichun told CGTN, "We have gathered young artists across the Taiwan Strait and become an incubator base in Shanghai. There are musicians and dancers, as well as the multimedia artist, installation artist, and calligraphers in the team."

Artist Lee Weichun performs Zen Dance onstage. /CGTN Photo

Artist Lee Weichun performs Zen Dance onstage. /CGTN Photo

And when each Spring Festival approaches, he knows it is time to head back to his hometown.

"I will go back to reunite with my family in Taiwan almost every year. Family reunions are a very important tradition that needs to be passed on,"Lee Weichun told CGTN.

Like many Taiwan people working on the mainland, they have their businesses and dreams here, but the tradition of the family reunion will never be forgotten.

Lee Weichun teaches students in a dance class. /CGTN Photo

Lee Weichun teaches students in a dance class. /CGTN Photo

We've driven from Taipei to the southern part of Taiwan, in Kaohsiung, to meet up with Prince Lee, who just came home from Shanghai.

We arrived just as Lee and his family were getting ready for lunch on New Year's Day. This house is where Lee grew up together with four other siblings and in this neighborhood, friends abound.

Lee Weichun told CGTN that he gets to see family and friends once a year, and he was happy to be able to come home.

Lee Weichun poses for a family photo with his family members. /Photo courtesy of Lee Weichun

Lee Weichun poses for a family photo with his family members. /Photo courtesy of Lee Weichun

Lee Weichun told CGTN that he liked the fact that they could light firecrackers here, and that he could eat local food. His family made sure he got to eat his favorites.

As the saying goes, there's no place like home. Lee said this was true. 

While he is based on the mainland and globe-trotting the rest of the year as an international performer, there's no way he'd miss the Chinese New Year holidays with his family.