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How many of the Ku­lang­su’s old vil­las can you name in 10 sec­onds? Time starts now!

The ma­jor­i­ty of tourists named the fol­low­ing pop­u­lar vil­las: Gos­sip House, Huangjia Gar­den, Huang Rongyuan Hall, and Sea Par­adise Con­struc­tion.

If you’ve named these as well, your an­swer is cor­rect — these are in­deed the most-talked-about vil­las of Ku­lang­su. But if you on­ly know of these vil­las, you’re miss­ing out on so many gor­geous land­scapes! Em­bark on a “Bai Shi Tong” pri­vate vil­la tour, which pro­vides sight­see­ing of ex­clu­sive vil­las in Ku­lans­gu.

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Dong Qion­gong

Pres­i­dent of Ku­lang­su Fam­i­ly Ho­tel As­so­ci­a­tion

Pres­i­dent of Ku­lang­su Scenic Area Vol­un­teers As­so­ci­a­tion

Dong Qion­gong, who has lived in Ku­lang­su for more than 60 years, is known as the “Bai Shi Tong” of Xi­ao­dao. Ac­cord­ing to him, every house in Ku­lang­su has a spe­cif­ic sto­ry to tell. In ad­di­tion to the well-known at­trac­tions, many lit­tle-known vil­las have wit­nessed the gold­en years of Ku­lang­su Is­land, as well as the de­vel­op­ment of the celebri­ty elite of Ku­lang­su.

The pop­u­lar, wide­ly-known old vil­las in Ku­lang­su are main­ly lo­cat­ed in Fux­ing Road, Fu­jian Road, Huangyan Road, Jis­han Road, and Gux­in Road. On the oth­er hand, the mys­te­ri­ous vil­las not many peo­ple know about are the fo­cus of this ex­clu­sive tour.

First stop: For­mer Res­i­dence of Huang Wei

Huang Hao lives in the vil­la with her daugh­ter.

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Cruis­ing down the road of Zhangzhou you’ll spot the for­mer res­i­dence of Huang Wei, the sec­re­tary of Chen Yuge.

Sec­ond stop: Yumeizu’s for­mer res­i­dence

Med­ical fam­i­ly

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8 Fux­ing Road is where the for­mer res­i­dence of Youmeizu is lo­cat­ed, and 10 Fux­ing Road is the ad­dress of the Yu­jia in­dus­try. Dong Lao claims that You Meizu is an ex­pert in the study of plague, who was the sta­tion­mas­ter of the Xi­a­men Health and Epi­dem­ic Pre­ven­tion Sta­tion. Their en­tire fam­i­ly, from grand­par­ents to grand­chil­dren, all stud­ied med­i­cine, mak­ing it a fam­i­ly tra­di­tion. You Meizu’s son, Yu Yuanzhang, is an or­tho­pe­dic ex­pert, while Sun Jun is a can­cer ex­pert and is now ac­tive in the med­ical com­mu­ni­ty in Xi­a­men. Mov­ing for­ward, the vil­la at 53 Fux­ing Road has be­come a fam­i­ly ho­tel. It was ini­tial­ly the home of Xi­a­men print­ing gi­ant Bai Dengyu, a hun­dred years ago.

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Bai Dengyu’s for­mer res­i­dence

Third stop: For­mer Res­i­dence of Li Zhaobei

The home of the wood king

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By­pass­ing the Ku­lang­su Peo­ple’s Sta­di­um, head­ing for Sun­light Rock, I vis­it­ed the for­mer res­i­dence of Li Zhaobei, 47, Huangyan Road. This vil­la has a unique South Amer­i­can manor style, in­clud­ing a rib­bon-like colo­nial ve­ran­da. The ve­ran­da shel­ters the in­te­ri­or of the build­ing from the wind and the rain. Aside from its prag­mat­ic pur­pose, it is al­so a great place to re­lax and rest. This gallery is al­so one of the sym­bols of Xi­a­men’s dec­o­ra­tive style.

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Li Qingquan’s for­mer res­i­dence

Ac­cord­ing to Dong Qiongnong, Li Zhaobei is Li Qingquan’s un­cle, and al­so a tim­ber ex­pert. At that time, he was one of the share­hold­ers of Zhong­nan Bank. 70, Huangyan Road is the for­mer res­i­dence of Nanyang’s four sug­ar kings Guo Chunxi. “Vil­la’s bricks placed in­to the stone is a char­ac­ter­is­tic build­ing style in south­ern Fu­jian”, Dong Qiongn ex­plains.

Fourth stop: Lin Quancheng’s for­mer res­i­dence

De­sign­er’s own vil­la

Our next stop on this tour would be the for­est house at 82 Quanzhou Road, the for­mer res­i­dence of Lin Quancheng, the chief de­sign­er of Xi­a­men Wa­ter Com­pa­ny.

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The de­sign­er who grad­u­at­ed from the Mass­a­chu­setts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy not on­ly de­signed the Ku­lang­su Wa­ter Com­pa­ny but al­so de­signed his own vil­la. The roof of the vil­la is un­du­lat­ing, while the rail­ings of the porch are al­so very dis­tinc­tive. Re­sem­bling a grin, they are al­so called “the wall of sor­row.”

Fifth stop: Zhuo Quancheng’s for­mer res­i­dence

Weinan Tex­tile Whole­sale King

This is the Yi­hui Build­ing where Chi­ang Kai-shek once lived, built on the 2nd drum road.

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Yi­hui Build­ing

There is al­so the for­mer res­i­dence of Zhuo Quancheng, “Zhuo Quancheng is the tex­tile king of Weinan. He is al­so the own­er of the same Ying­bu store that Laos knows.” Dong re­mem­bers that when he was a child, Zhuo had al­ready earned a lot of his for­tune. Zhuo is known as a very kind and gen­er­ous per­son. Af­ter lib­er­a­tion, he sup­port­ed the na­tion­al an­ti-US aid pil­grim­age and al­so do­nat­ed planes. Zhuo Quancheng’s son, Zhuo Ren, is a poly­mer chemist and al­so one of the sev­en aca­d­e­mi­cians who came out of Ku­lang­su.

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Zhuo Quancheng’s for­mer res­i­dence

Sixth Sta­tion: Chen Tia­nen & Huang Qin­shu’s For­mer Res­i­dence

Two vil­las on Gux­in Road

Right by Bi­ji­ashan, you will spot the fa­mil­iar Spring Grass Hall and Guan­cai Build­ing.

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Spring Cot­tage

This is the for­mer res­i­dence of Chen Tia­nen, lo­cat­ed at 65 Gux­in Road. “Chen Tia­nen is a doc­tor, known for his pork bel­ly pow­der which helps with di­ges­tive is­sues in chil­dren”, Dong Lao re­calls.

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“Huang Tsai house”, Huang Long Creek Sons House.

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Huang Qin­shu is the el­dest son of Huang Qi, who was a di­rec­tor and man­ag­er of Zhong­nan Bank, and a mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tion­al Fed­er­a­tion of Re­turned Over­seas Chi­nese. Huang Changxi is the for­mer deputy gov­er­nor of Fu­jian Province and the for­mer vice chair­man of the Na­tion­al Fed­er­a­tion of Re­turned Over­seas Chi­nese.

Rec­om­mend­ed route 

For­mer Res­i­dence of Huang­pu ( 10 Yinzhou Road ) — 》Yu Meizu’s For­mer Res­i­dence ( 10Fuxing Road ) — 》 Bai Dengyu’s For­mer Res­i­dence ( No. 93 Fux­ing Road ) — 》Ku­lang­su Peo­ple’s Sta­di­um Front  — “Li­ji­azhuang — ” Guo Chunx­i’s For­mer Res­i­dence (Huangyan Road) No. 70 ) — 》林屋( 82 Quanzhou Road ) — 》Yi­hui Build­ing ( No. 2 , Drum Road )— 》 Zhuo Quancheng’s For­mer Res­i­dence ( No. 12 , Jis­han Road ) — 》春草堂— 》Chen­Tia­nen For­mer Res­i­dence ( No. 65 , Gux­in Road ) ) — 》 Huang Qin­shu, Huang Changx­i’s fa­ther and son’s for­mer res­i­dence ( No. 42 Gux­in Road )

Text / Dong Qiong, Lin Lu­ran

Ed­i­tor / Tang Xiyan