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Hong Kong woman gives free massages to thank Taiwanese people

Hong Kong woman gives free massages to thank Taiwanese people

Touched by the warmth and kindness of Taiwanese people, a Hong Kong woman has decided to offer free traditional Chinese massages to the people of Taiwan, in return for the assistance she received from them while traveling here.

Recalling her first trip to Taiwan five years ago, Yeung Mui-chun said she faced difficulties communicating with local people when she tried to ask for directions, due to her heavy Cantonese accent. She had to use a lot of body language and was worried that people here would just ignore her and walk away.

But that was not the case. Yeung was very touched by the warmth and kindness of the Taiwanese people.

When she asked people on the streets how to get to a certain bus stop, they not only provided details, but even took her there. Some people even offered to help carry her heavy bags, she recalled.

This was something very rare in Hong Kong, she said.

Her very first trip to Taiwan made her fall in love with the island.

One year later, she came here again to learn to play the piano. Now she travels to Taiwan every one or two months to take flute lessons.

During a trip to Taipei last year, Yeung met an elderly woman who was suffering pain in her hands and offered to provide a traditional Chinese massage to relieve her soreness.

That woman felt much better after the massage. The incident inspired the Hong Konger to offer free Chinese massages to Taiwanese people in return for the kindness she has enjoyed.

With the assistance of her Taiwanese friends, she started the free service in Taipei recently.

Now she provides free Chinese massages to three to five Taiwanese people during each of her short trips to Taiwan for her music lessons.

One of the people benefitting from her treatment was Wang Hsiu-chuan, who suffered from the bone spur in her heels despite years of medical treatment.

Much to her surprise, Wang said she felt a lot better after one massage by Yeung. After two more massages, she did not feel any pain in the heels anymore, Wang said, while expressing gratitude to Yeung.

Wang was not alone in her praise of Yeung.

A Taiwanese man, identified only by his surname Chen, said that he could stretch his arms backwards after getting a Chinese massage from Yeung.

He was amazed, said Chen, who had difficulty stretching his arms due to the frozen shoulder. Also known as adhesive capsulitis, it is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in one's shoulder joint. (By Wang Shu-fen and Elaine Hou)

Updated : 2021-09-18 19:56 GMT+08:00