Taiwan women 'plank' for tourism

2011-05-26 07:05
Taipei - Lying face flat on the ground may not be the world's most glamorous photo pose but two Taiwanese "planking" women have made a name for themselves on the internet - and hope to use the craze to spread positive social messages.

Eschewing the dangerous behaviour that killed one man in Australia and left another seriously injured, Karren and Jinyu practice a safer version of the fast-growing global fad that involves lying face down stiff in often bizarre places for a photo op.

In fact, they use it to promote causes, such as planking with stray dogs to draw attention to the plight of the animals, or planking in famous tourist spots to promote travel.

"It's not really that difficult to plank and I really don't mind getting dirty," said the petite Karren, who wore a Japanese manga-inspired outfit and a red backpack, in an interview, her partner nodding beside her.

Calling themselves the Pujie Girls which literally translates to "falling on the street" in Mandarin, the name is also a pun on the Cantonese curse "Puk Gai" which means "may you drop dead".

Talk shows


The pair are Taiwan's most well-known plankers, with almost 100 000 fans following them on Facebook. They are so popular that China's version of Facebook, Weibo, has invited them as VIPs on the tightly controlled social network to promote their activities across the strait.

During a recent planking session, young people walked up to the pair to ask if they could take photos of them and with them, while older passersby gave them strange looks. Planking-savvy Hong Kong tourists shouted "Puk Gai, Puk Gai".

Karren, 28, who is a full-time photographer, and Jinyu, 25, a university student studying English, have also recently appeared on various national television talk shows to demonstrate how planking is done accurately and safely.

By posting their planking photographs taken at various tourist spots in Taipei, the two girls are aiming to promote Taiwan's tourism not just to China but to the world.

"At first we did it for fun but then we realised that the photographs were very visual. So they could also be a very effective way to send out good messages," Jinyu said.

The two like to focus on positive messages.

"The three golden rules for contribution are as follows: We don't disturb people, we don't do things to harm ourselves, and we don't damage public property," they repeatedly emphasise on their Facebook page.

Australian plankers have been in trouble for planking on moving cars, smokestacks, and industrial machinery, but the Taiwan pair's more moderate stance hasn't harmed their popularity at all.

"I love it! This is art!" one fan said.
Read more on:    facebook  |  social networks
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off all TV Series!

Want to have a chilled day at home? Get 20% off TV series, the perfect excuse to "veg out". Shop now!

Save R700 on the Hisense LED TV Now R2499

Get the Hisense 32” HD ready LED TV for only R2499. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is one of those days where the more positive and optimistic you are the more opportunities you seem to attract....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.