By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Young Shan-doe lives in an open tent by the bank of Baibao River in Shoufeng Township, Hualien County. He said he is not afraid of typhoons or torrential rains because during times of unusual or extreme weather patterns, he will reside in a culvert to shield himself from winds or rains.
Village administrator Chang Ching-fei said he is worried about Young, so he visits him frequently and gives him things. He said he had tried to persuade Young to accept resettlement and live in a veterans’ home. But Young had repeatedly rejected the idea, saying he has been used to living freely and by himself, Chang said, adding that Young said he only asks for a simple life and having something to eat and clothes to wear to sustain his life.
Young, 84, is unshaven, wearing a long white beard and long hair with a topknot. He lives by the river in deep mountains without running water and electricity like a modern caveman. [FULL STORY]