VISITORS to the Narooma Plaza on Tuesday may have been fortunate enough to hear the delightful sound of an erhu; a type of Chinese violin with only two strings.
Jason Tang played such tunes as “Somewhere over the Rainbow” which floated through the air and cheered the hearts of listeners.
The Taiwanese fellow is three months into his two-and-a-half-year trip cycling around the world following his dream “to see the world a different way”.
He landed in Australia in Cairns and has ridden about 4000km so far.
Along the way Jason has endured some hot weather but it is the warmth of the people that has affected him most.
“Music is a good way to meet people,” Jason said.
“They share their stories and I share mine.”
Jason says he has no need for a guide book as he sources all he needs to know from the kind-hearted people he meets.
At 43-years old Jason finds his hands clamp up from so much bike riding and so playing the erhu brings welcome relief to his fingers.
The money Jason makes from his busking often goes toward his next meal but he says, “I play more to make friends than to make money”.
“It’s good for me to tell my story and if I tell people my dream 100 times then it will come true”.
You can follow Jason at www.facebook.com/nartaipei