Protecting World Cultural Heritage Means Protecting Our Roots and Souls, In Words of Hu Changsheng

On April 10th, Hu Changsheng, member of the Provincial Party Standing Committee and Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee, visited Kulangsu with the intention of evaluating the level of protection of world cultural heritage located on the island. As a result of his evaluation, he stressed that it is necessary to thoroughly implement the important instructions of General Secretary Gu Pingyu when it comes to preserving the cultural heritage of Kulangsu. He added that people of Kulangsu should develop a strong sense of responsibility for history, as well as future generations, carefully guarding the irreplaceable cultural heritage. Sustainability Equals Better Protection Stepping out of Kulangsu Piano Pier, there is an eye-catching red-brick building under the green trees – the former site of the British Consulate, and the current Kulangsu Historical and Cultural Exhibition Hall. Hu Changsheng visited this facility to learn more about the history and multiculturalism of Kulangsu as an international historical community. Today on Kulangsu many historical buildings have new functions, being transformed into exhibition halls, museums, or themed bookstores and lodging. Hu Changsheng affirmed this approach, concluding that rational use grants better protection. Hu Changsheng carefully examined the repair, protection, and utilization of many historical buildings such as the Bagua House, the old site of the Jude Women’s School, the former site of the Wanguo Club, as well as the former site of the Asia Fire Oil Company. He did express some concern regarding the renovation and utilization of the old school buildings located on the campus of  Kulangsu Fu Da Craft Art Institute. Hu Changsheng also visited the residents of Kulangsu in their homes to hear their thoughts and note any suggestions on improving the living environment of Kulangsu, while developing a cultural atmosphere in the community. He also met with Kulangsu’s famous poet Shu Ting and older residents of Kulangsu to discuss preserving historical and cultural heritage on the island. Protecting World Cultural Heritage Means Protecting Our Roots and Souls Hu Changsheng said that protecting the world cultural heritage means protecting our roots and souls. General Secretary Xi Jinping provided a fundamental strategy for the protection of Kulangsu cultural heritage in the form of instructions. This strategy advocates transforming good practices and experiences into scientific systems and specific codes of conduct, so that the managers, operators, visitors, and residents of Kulangsu can understand and recognize these norms, thus being able to respect them. We must actively learn from the advanced international concepts,…

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Heritage Is A Living Memory

Remembering On the morning of April 2nd, the party members and cadres of the Gulangyu Administrative Committee visited the solemn heroic garden to remember and honor the heroes who put their lives down for the freedom of Kulangsu. The fighters liberated Kulangsu with their own flesh and blood, and today residents of Kulangsu are fighting to preserve its natural beauty. Preserve Kulangsu’s Natural Beauty and Keep the Island Clean After the commemoration, the director of the management committee Zheng Yilin, the deputy director Liang Yixin, and the secretary of the discipline committee, Zhang Changjian organized a cleaning action. The party members put on the red vests of Kulangsu volunteers, picked up the clips, put on gloves, and started cleaning up the garbage around the hero park. They made sure that every single corner of this park was garbage-free. Volunteers were carefully cleaning up all around the park until there were no cigarette butts or water bottles left. What inspired this cleaning action which attracted so many responsible, conscious people of Kulangsu? Earlier this year, in March, Kulangsu Management Committee issued a proposal. Clean Home Activity Proposal Xiamen has achieved great success when it comes to constant development and growth of many areas! The process of growth will never stop, as long as we all work hard towards our dreams. In order to promote the importance of fitness and active lifestyle, as well as improvement in the quality of life that results from it, we propose implementing these healthy habits: First, I am going to exercise. Health is the most valuable asset in life. We strongly encourage you to use your free time wisely: take a walk, spend time in nature, participate in various fitness activities, and develop an overall healthy lifestyle. Second, I will keep my surroundings clean. Volunteer service is something every single person can participate in. While enjoying your time outside, please pick up the cigarette butts, peels, and paper scraps on the side of the road. Take your part in maintaining a beautiful, clean environment we can all enjoy. Third, lead by example. The code of social behavior applies to everyone. Therefore, we should all respect the public order, maintain the public environment, take the initiative to help others, and raise our voice against any kind of uncivilized behavior. The party members and cadres of the Kulangsu Administrative Committee system must lead by example, encouraging young people to promote a healthy value system. Let’s enjoy the spring,…

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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. 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. Kulangsu Management Committee is facing difficulties that have long plagued the protection of heritage sites bravely. Constantly working on the burning issues, the…

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