Yuan Zhou Chinese Tea Courtyard (Yuan Zhou Cha Yuan 园洲茶院)

One of the most exotic yet accessible experiences for tourists on all of Kulangsu is a visit to this stunningly restored family mansion, which has been converted into a tea house where you can sample a diverse array of local teas. Here you can also sit down for formal tea service at one of the […]

Listening to Kulangsu (Ting Gulangyu 听鼓浪屿)

My first introduction to Kulangsu was “Gulangyu Zhi Bo,” played by Jing. I had heard it at least fifty times before I ever saw Kulangsu, and before I even knew this was originally a song with words. It was my favorite song on Jing’s CD, which I played obsessively in my car when she was […]

UNESCO set to approve Kulangsu (Gulangyu), China as World Cultural Heritage Site

UNESCO recommendation that Kulangsu (Gulangyu) become a World Cultural Heritage Site: In the 2017 Evaluations of Nominations of Cultural and Mixed Properties, ICOMOS report for the World Heritage Committee (41st ordinary session, Krakow, 2 – 12 July 2017) “Kulangsu: A historic international settlement” Location Fujian Province China Brief description Kulangsu is a tiny island located at […]

Long Time No See Bar (Hao Jiu Bu Jian 好久不见)

The Long Time No See Bar (Hao Jiu Bu Jian 好久不见), Kulangsu’s biggest, loudest, and liveliest music bar hops with activity almost every night of the week, and really hums on weekends. The resident band is the best on the island for pop music, mixed with a variety of comedy that’s visually funny enough to […]