Interviews with Expats on Hainan FTP ③ | Francesco De Luca: Hainan is the treasure of the world

By Jin Nannan / hihainan / Updated: 2020-06-16,16:20

Editor's note:

On June 1, the Hainan Free Trade Port Overall Plan was officially released! A completely open new Hainan is sure to attract investment, travelers, and new residents to this beautiful island. Hainan International Media Center(HIMC) launches a program series of video Interviews with Expats on Hainan Free Trade Port. The HIMC Guest Host interviews internationals working in diverse fields in Hainan, talking about the opportunities of the construction of the world's largest free trade port, and sharing their expectations for the Hainan Free Trade Port.

Francesco De Luca, from Italy, is a poet, journalist, writer, translator and also the founder of China Surf Report, an online magazine on surfing culture.

In 2005, Francesco came to Hainan for the first time and fell in love with the tropical island. He dreamed to move to Hainan after the trip and the dream came true in 2011. Francesco even wrote a book named Karma Hostel to record his stories on this beautiful tropical island.

Francesco has a great passion on surfing.

Francesco founded China Surf Report, an online magazine about surfing culture.

Being interested in Chinese culture and literature, Francesco translated poems of Haizi, a renowned Chinese poet, and his translation work was published. "I try to build a cultural bridge between China and Italy, and let more and more people know the beauty of Chinese culture," said him.

Francesco translated poems of Haizi ("Un uomo felice", Del Vecchio Editore, 2019) into Italian.

Left: Francesco De Luca, Right: Ilaria Troncacci

Francesco’s book, Karma Hostel(II Foglio Letterario, 2019)records his stories in Hainan. 

Francesco also has great expectation for the construction of Hainan Free Trade Port. "If Chinese people understand the importance of the protection of our environment, I think Hainan will be an amazing place, even much better than many other places around the world. I think that Hainan is not only the treasure of China, it is the treasure of Asia, and it is also the treasure of the whole world," said him.

Although Francesco is far away from Hainan now, he misses Hainan so much. "I dream to come back to Hainan almost every day. If I have an opportunity to come back, I probably plan to conduct some projects related to culture. I hope that this plan will come true in the future," said him. 

Francesco is reading the poems of Haizi in Chinese.

Francesco is reading the poems of Haizi in Italian.

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