Big Dreams Put In­to Four Mod­els: Ku­lang­su’s Bright Future

Big Dreams Put Into Four Models: Kulangsu's Bright Future

This spring the pro­tec­tors of Ku­lang­su’s nat­ur­al beau­ty set brand new goals. They de­vel­oped four unique mod­els in or­der to ad­e­quate­ly or­ga­nize and di­rect actions.

So, do you know what these four mod­els are?

★ Cul­tur­al her­itage pro­tec­tion and use model

★  Com­mu­ni­ty so­cial gov­er­nance model

★  Cul­tur­al tourism in­te­gra­tion model

★  Mod­el of team build­ing management.

We all know that set­ting goals is just the tip of the ice­berg. De­ter­mined peo­ple of Ku­lang­su are al­ready act­ing on these de­ci­sions and tak­ing mat­ters in­to their own hands.

Goal 1: Cul­tur­al Her­itage Pro­tec­tion and Uti­liza­tion Model

The scope of pro­tec­tion ex­tends to the en­tire is­land, and the build­ing re­pairs in­sist on min­i­mal in­ter­ven­tion in or­der to pre­serve the orig­i­nal style.
Af­ter suc­cess­ful­ly im­ple­ment­ing the pro­tec­tion con­cept of the world cul­tur­al her­itage, the Ku­lang­su Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee con­tin­u­ous­ly ex­pands the pro­tec­tion scope, mak­ing sure that every inch of the land­scape con­tain­ing cul­tur­al her­itage is un­der max­i­mal pro­tec­tion, in­clud­ing the rest of the island.Big Dreams Put Into Four Models: Kulangsu's Bright Future

One year af­ter the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­tec­tion con­cept, Ku­lang­su is in­vest­ing an in­cred­i­ble amount of ef­fort when it comes to preser­va­tion of its valu­able cul­tur­al her­itage, and these are the main goals:

 Pro­tect 53 cul­tur­al her­itage core el­e­ments &  391 buildings;

  De­vel­op a sys­tem con­tain­ing spe­cif­ic boards for su­per­vi­sion, pro­tec­tion, uti­liza­tion, re­search, and oth­er im­por­tant tasks in the her­itage site;

 Ac­tive­ly mon­i­tor the cul­tur­al her­itage pro­tec­tion system;

 Sub­mit the re­vised draft of Ku­lang­su Cul­tur­al Her­itage Pro­tec­tion Regulations;

 Com­plete the re­vi­sion of the Ku­lang­su Cul­tur­al Her­itage Pro­tec­tion Man­age­ment Plan;

  Ac­cess the is­sue of the is­land waste sorting;

▶  Strict­ly con­trol the con­struc­tion, ex­pan­sion, and re­con­struc­tion of build­ings on the island;

  Car­ry out rec­ti­fi­ca­tion of the en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion project re­gard­ing the is­sue of oil and smoke pollution;

▶  Im­ple­ment a silent tour to em­pha­size the “qui­et” of the sooth­ing is­land environment.

Last year, the Ku­lang­su Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee is­sued an an­nounce­ment putting up 13 un­claimed hous­es on the is­land for sale. Ku­lang­su Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee and the ap­pli­cants ne­go­ti­at­ed the fol­low-up re­pairs, which have been ex­treme­ly time-con­sum­ing and com­plex. One of the 13 hous­es rep­re­sents a great is­sue for the man­age­ment since the re­pair­ing process has been tak­ing longer than ex­pect­ed, and there are al­so cer­tain com­pli­ca­tions when it comes to prop­er­ty rights. The Ku­lang­su Ad­min­is­tra­tive Com­mit­tee is al­so join­ing the dis­cus­sion in or­der to find an op­ti­mal so­lu­tion and pro­tect these houses.

Big Dreams Put Into Four Models: Kulangsu's Bright Future
The staff of the Ku­lang­su Wen­bao De­part­ment work­ing hard on re­pair­ing his­tor­i­cal build­ings that have been dam­aged by vegetation.

Ku­lang­su Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee is fac­ing dif­fi­cul­ties that have long plagued the pro­tec­tion of her­itage sites brave­ly. Con­stant­ly work­ing on the burn­ing is­sues, the man­age­ment com­mit­tee is­sued the Ku­lang­su Cul­tur­al Relics and His­tor­i­cal Build­ings Fire Risk As­sess­ment. In ad­di­tion, they con­duct­ed a fire risk as­sess­ment and fire pre­ven­tion plan­ning for 391 his­tor­i­cal build­ings on the island.

Goal 2: Mod­el of Com­mu­ni­ty So­cial Governance

If you ask the chil­dren of Ku­lang­su to de­fine the is­land, they’ll prob­a­bly think of a qui­et street, a pi­ano sound that drifts in the wind, or a neigh­bor­hood that is like fam­i­ly. Res­i­dents of Ku­lang­su are the cre­ators of its his­to­ry and cul­ture — and they are al­so the in­her­i­tors. On­ly by nur­tur­ing its com­mu­ni­ty, its heart and soul, can this is­land tru­ly flourish.Big Dreams Put Into Four Models: Kulangsu's Bright Future

 Xi­a­men Erzhong and Xi­a­men For­eign Lan­guage School joint­ly re-in­tro­duced the Eng­lish class and en­rolled 90 pri­ma­ry school stu­dents in Xiamen.

 Ku­lang­su Home Eco­nom­ics Ser­vice Plat­form was es­tab­lished. The gov­ern­ment im­ple­ment­ed sub­si­dies in or­der for price con­trol to be es­tab­lished, and al­so pro­vid­ed qual­i­ty house­keep­ing ser­vices such as clean­ing, main­te­nance, and babysitting.

The is­land res­i­dents en­joy free trans­porta­tion, among many oth­er privileges.

Build­ing a Co-Gov­er­nance Platform

People’s feel­ings and pub­lic opin­ion will al­ways matter.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of Huimin mea­sures calls for close in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the res­i­dents and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments. Since the es­tab­lish­ment of the Gu­langyu Pub­lic Coun­cil in May of 2016, it has held 8 meet­ings and dis­cussed 34 im­por­tant issues.

Big Dreams Put Into Four Models: Kulangsu's Bright Future
Ku­lang­su Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee seeks opin­ions from res­i­dents on road im­prove­ment and reconstruction.

In ad­di­tion to the pub­lic coun­cil, Ku­lang­su al­so has au­tonomous or­ga­ni­za­tions such as mer­chant as­so­ci­a­tions and fam­i­ly ho­tel as­so­ci­a­tions, which at­tract dif­fer­ent so­cial groups to par­tic­i­pate in pub­lic af­fairs man­age­ment. These as­so­ci­a­tions al­so have an ac­tive role in the bi­lat­er­al com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween gov­ern­ment man­age­ment and the pub­lic, and al­so pro­mote the mul­ti­lay­ered com­mu­ni­ty gov­er­nance in Ku­lang­su. Ku­lang­su Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee has al­so es­tab­lished co­op­er­a­tive re­la­tions with uni­ver­si­ties and oth­er renowned ed­u­ca­tion­al in­sti­tu­tions such as Ts­inghua Uni­ver­si­ty, Xi­a­men Uni­ver­si­ty, and Huaqiao Uni­ver­si­ty, in­clud­ing them in the dis­cus­sion re­gard­ing the pro­tec­tion and uti­liza­tion of cul­tur­al her­itage. The in­tel­lec­tu­al sphere of Ku­lang­su is where all the ideas re­gard­ing the cur­rent state and the fu­ture of the is­land are born.

Goal 3: Cul­tur­al Tourism In­te­gra­tion Model

Cul­tur­al and artis­tic ac­tiv­i­ties are bloom­ing in Ku­lang­su — a breath of fresh air.
Every sin­gle week, a wide range of cul­tur­al and artis­tic ac­tiv­i­ties and events take place in Ku­lang­su. The unique Ko­ji cul­ture lives on and rep­re­sents a vi­tal part of Ku­lang­su’s culture.Big Dreams Put Into Four Models: Kulangsu's Bright Future

Artis­tic At­mos­phere in Kulangsu

  This year’s Ku­lang­su Spring Fes­ti­val is broad­cast­ed on CCTV.

Ku­lang­su of­ten hosts orig­i­nal po­et­ry read­ings, con­certs, and dances pro­mot­ing lo­cal music.

 In Jan­u­ary of this year, the Chi­na Record Mu­se­um and the Xi­a­men Mu­sic School signed a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment. In the fu­ture, stu­dent vol­un­teers will have the op­por­tu­ni­ty to work as lec­tur­ers in the museum.

An­nu­al “In­ter­na­tion­al Fan” foot­ball and rug­by matches.

The Ku­lang­su Ad­min­is­tra­tive Com­mit­tee, along with the Mu­nic­i­pal Fi­nance Bu­reau and the Bu­reau of Land and Hous­ing is­sued im­por­tant mea­sures re­gard­ing pre­dom­i­nant con­cerns, such as non-res­i­den­tial pub­lic hous­ing, cul­tur­al de­vel­op­ment, and pro­mo­tion of sports. Ku­lang­su in­vests in cul­tur­al ac­tiv­i­ties and sup­ports cul­ture in gen­er­al, as cul­tur­al her­itage has been rec­og­nized as one of the strongest as­sets. Through cul­tur­al ac­tiv­i­ties, res­i­dents, as well as var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions, are en­cour­aged to ac­tive­ly par­tic­i­pate in the pro­tec­tion and pro­mo­tion of cul­tur­al heritage.

Big Dreams Put Into Four Models: Kulangsu's Bright Future
Nu­mer­ous artis­tic events are or­ga­nized every sin­gle week in Kulangsu.

When it comes to Ku­lang­su mu­se­um, it is their ob­jec­tive to pro­mote the en­tire is­land, equal­ly in­clud­ing the his­to­ry and unique­ness of every sin­gle part. Ku­lang­su Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee al­so en­cour­ages res­i­dents to take part in the ex­hi­bi­tions and con­tribute to the mu­se­um by do­nat­ing their own folk col­lec­tions. In ad­di­tion, the mu­se­um in­cor­po­rat­ed his­tor­i­cal build­ings in­to their open ex­hi­bi­tions. Ku­lang­su is work­ing hard on trans­form­ing the cur­rent sta­tus of the is­land when it comes to glob­al and cul­tur­al tourism, or­ga­niz­ing com­plex tourism projects and fo­cus­ing on cre­at­ing a team of skilled in­di­vid­u­als that will fur­ther im­prove the qual­i­ty of tourism and pre­sen­ta­tion of Ku­lang­su. The main ob­jec­tive of this mis­sion is iden­ti­fy­ing and ac­cess­ing per­sis­tent prob­lems in the tourism of Kulangsu.

Goal 4: Mod­el of Team Build­ing Management

Com­mit­tee of the Ku­lang­su Scenic Area opened the Qin­dao Red Sta­tion — a cul­tur­al her­itage mon­i­tor­ing cen­ter. On Feb­ru­ary 21st this year, Ku­lang­su Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee or­ga­nized a col­lec­tive meet­ing, in which mem­bers of each branch were able to re­port about their own ac­tiv­i­ties and share ex­pe­ri­ences with others.

Big Dreams Put Into Four Models: Kulangsu's Bright Future

Vol­un­teer ser­vice has grown on the res­i­dents on Ku­lang­su, and they are ea­ger to con­tin­ue in the same fash­ion. Fo­cus­ing on pre­serv­ing the is­land’s cul­tur­al rich­ness and pro­mot­ing nu­mer­ous touris­tic ar­eas, Ku­lang­su Scenic Area gath­ered more than 50 vol­un­teer groups that par­tic­i­pat­ed in a se­ries of activities.

Big Dreams Put Into Four Models: Kulangsu's Bright Future

On March 5th, the an­nu­al Xue­feng Vol­un­teer Ser­vice Event took place — on­ly this year it was big­ger and more sig­nif­i­cant than ever. Vol­un­teers from dif­fer­ent parts of the is­land joined var­i­ous cul­ture-pre­serv­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, pro­vid­ed free meals, or­ga­nized per­for­mances, and showed just how much they ap­pre­ci­ate Ku­lang­su — their beau­ti­ful home.

Big Dreams Put Into Four Models: Kulangsu's Bright Future

Source: Gu­langyu Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee / Ed­i­tor: Tang Xiyan