Hailyu Zhang

East is meeting west this week as a Chinese journalist takes in HebCelt as part of a visit to the Outer Hebrides to explore the Celtic culture.

Hailyu Zhang, who works in Beijing and his home town of Kunming, writes on travel and cultural issues and is a regular visitor to film and music festivals around the world.

His interest in Celtic music and dance has recently seen him travel to Brittany, Ireland and Nova Scotia before arriving in Stornoway to attend this year’s HebCelt.

He said: “I’ve been learning that different instruments are used in different areas, but there is nowhere that Celtic music is played without the fiddle.

“There are many styles of music in these places and I want to learn more about Celtic music in Scotland. Also, I’ve been speaking to local people about their lifestyle and what makes HebCelt so popular.”

This year’s HebCelt, headlined by The Waterboys, Imelda May, Dougie MacLean and Lucy Spraggan, opened last night and runs until Saturday.