China's coastal resort Sanya turns ship into library

2017-09-10 11:11:20 GMT2017-09-10 19:11:20(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

SANYA, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Sanya, a costal resort in southChina, has converted fishing boats into a floating publiclibrary.

"Sea Study" is the first public library on the island ofXimaozhou, eight nautical miles west to the downtown Sanya, HainanProvince.

"A life can not be called life without books," said Chen Muhu,78, a fisherman who was browsing archeology books in thelibrary.

The pyramid-shaped Ximaozhou Island is home to 4,000 residents,but has only one primary school.

"Locals needed a library badly," said Qin Jiayi, the instigatorof the project. "We see quite a few readers every day."

More than 30 fishermen spent four weeks renovating threeabandoned fishing boats into a reading cabin, a salon, and a 16-bedhostel.

Qin planned to double the library's collection to 4,000books.

Due to limited fishing resources nearby and out-of-dateequipment, fishermen from Ximaozhou Island are less dependent onthe traditional way of making a living. Twenty-four fishing boatshave been taken out of service. Timber from some was made intofurniture.

Qin decided to bring the boats back to life in a different way,with support from the local government.

The library satisfies local people's needs while making theirvillage more appealing to outsiders, said Jia Peng, a governmentofficial.

The government plans to renovate another 21 vessels intotheaters, shops and hostels.

"It sounds cool," said Feng Yuetao, a tourist from the plateauprovince of Qinghai who said would like to visit the library withhis family. Enditem

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