Rooted in the culture of islands on the sea, the peculiar and imaginative Zhoushan fisherman paintings are characterized by the blue sea water, a wide variety of sea creatures, traditionally well-reserved fishing villages, and abstract portraits.
The paintings created by the people of Wulong have helped boost the local tourism. Last year, the town received about 111 thousand tourists and the income from tourism reached 11.32 million yuan.
"Many local women, even those in sixties, are engaged in fisherman painting." Xia Yibo, a local official said. "However, due to the lack of professional instructions, their overall painting skill has yet to be improved. For this purpose, we organize training classes every year, inviting teachers to help them."
In 2007, to integrate fisherman painting into marine culture and tourism economy, Wulong invested about two million yuan in a tourism project called Dong Hai Yu Cun, which means a fishing village in East China Sea. The project is located in Tian’ao village. Forty excellent works are painted on some house walls, for which Tian’ao has become famous as a wall painting village to tourists.
With the development of its tourism economy, the number of local household hotels is also increasing. "There were only 14 household hotels in Wulong before 2006, but there are over 120 now." Xia Yibo said.