Jul 17, 2022
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Editor's note: Is life always the same? Yao Renxiang, the daughter of famous actress Gu Zhengqiu, is a talented girl in the eyes of friends. She published two books, "Heirloom" and "Taipei Shanghe Tu", which recorded the food, clothing, housing and transportation culture of Chinese and Taipei people respectively. She can have fun in everything in life: growing vegetables, raising chickens, playing guitar, making cakes, cooking, arranging flowers, writing books... How do you manage to be prosperous in ordinary days? We visited Yao Renxiang, the author of "Taipei Shanghe Tu", on a rainy day. On photo background removing a cold and wet day, she asked her office colleagues to pour hot tea and coffee. It was not a disposable paper cup, but a delicate wide-mouth white porcelain cup, with milk balls and sugar attached to the plate. She also prepared a small gift for us when we first met. Open the kraft paper bag with the name on it, and inside is a stainless steel hand mirror with a leather case. We exclaimed, "Teacher, you are really careful." She just smiled and waved her hand, "It's not important, these things have been used for a long time, and they are all 'used'." Yao Renxiang's real name is Ren Xiang. Many people's first impression of her comes from her legendary family background: her father is Ren Xianqun, the former Minister of Finance of the Taiwan Provincial Government, her mother is a famous actress Gu Zhengqiu, and her husband is a well-known architect Yao Renxi. On the business card, her title is "Yao Renxi | Senior Partner of Dayuan Construction Workshop", in charge of administrative matters in the firm. But in addition, she has more identities: folk singer, fashion designer, played jewelry and interior design, published two tome books, recorded the traditional Chinese living culture and the history of Taipei's urban changes... . Gu Zhengqiu once described his daughter as a "child with a lot of flowers". Eighteen kinds of martial arts, all are interested. Where did she get the strength to do so much? "I usually live a minimalist life. But when I play, I must be extremely rich!" Yao Renxiang said.