Ali the Fox picture book series bring fairy tales to Beijing streets

By Xiong Yuqing Source:Global Times Published: 2014-1-20 20:28:02

The red cutie Ali the Fox is bringing his fairy tales to Beijing's streets. The large out-door theme exhibition, Ali's Wonderland, is on show at the Taikoo Li Sanlitun through February 16, crossing the Chinese Lunar New Year and Valentine's Day.

Eight colorful theme sets are placed in different areas of the shopping village, each of them describing a scene from the Ali the Fox picture books by Xu Han.

One of the most remarkable "Spring" is festooned with roses. Among them the highest is 14 meters tall, surrounding Ali the Fox and his girlfriend Peach, celebrating spring and the romantic atmosphere for the upcoming Valentine's Day next month. Another huge set "Little Stone" comes from a story in Xu's latest picture book Ali's Tail.

The big-headed creature lies on his stomach watching a stone which dreamed of flying into the sky. Xu especially recommended it as his favorite, as it reflects the theme of his fairy tales: chasing a dream.

Curator Tang Qiang explained the designers created codes for each of the sets to enrich the experience for visitors and to complete the story.

"For adults, fairy tales are something to make them smile," Xu said. "I'm so glad to see them taking photos with these sets and merging themselves into a romantic fantasy world on the street."

Xu launched his third picture book Ali's Tail last year. That book made Xu rank 14 on the 2013 China's Richest Comic Books Authors List released by Huaxi Metropolis Daily last month.

The 31-year-old picture book author devotes his books to "people who still believe in fairy tales," and said that the exhibition brings these fantasies into reality. Xu said he plans to bring the exhibition to more cities in China and allow more people to experience a wonderland in an urban environment.

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