Street Ukeleles (You ke li li jietou yiren 尤克里里街头艺人)

These two licensed street artists provide some of the street-music atmosphere for which Kulangsu Island was once famous. Two colorful men hang out near the Marine Garden Hotel, on opposite sides of the dramatic typhoon-struck tree, playing and selling cheap ukeleles.

Music includes a variety of Chinese folk songs, plus frequent renditions of “Gulangyu Zhi Bo,” the pop song that has become an informal anthem for Kulangsu. One of the two ukelele men stands to the right of the Marine Garden Hotel, and the other stands on the street corner across from Moon Shrimp Pie.

Address:  Near 27 Tianwei Road, x Gulangyu Island, Siming District, Xiamen City, China

在鼓浪屿海上花园酒店附近,经常会有两个街头艺人,边弹边卖尤克里里。这两个有执照的艺人弹奏的音乐主要是一些中国民歌。

地址:厦门市思明区鼓浪屿田尾路27号附近

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Wedding beach (Guan Hai Yuan Hai Tan 观海园海滩)

When you’re on the most romantic island in China, some spots can be overwhelmed with romance. This small, pretty beach at the end of Tianwei Road is a classic perch on the Kulangsu coast, in part because of the incredible number of couples posing for wedding pictures on the beach every day. On an average afternoon, you’re likely to see 5-10 photo shoots.

This takes away from your chances of sunbathing in peace, but on the other hand, who can complain about so much romance? For a more secluded experience, take the footpath past the old Guan Hai Yuan harbor (to the left of the beach if you’re facing the ocean) for a tour of some of Kulangsu’s grand faded villas and some even more romantic views of the isolated rocky shoreline.

Address: Guanhai Road, Gulangyu Island, Siming District, Xiamen City, China

当你来到中国最浪漫的小岛时,你会发现这里的一些景点充满着浪漫的气息。在田尾路的尽头有一个美丽的小沙滩,这个沙滩因为有许多夫妻来拍婚纱照而成为岛上的一大特色。平均每个下午,你可能会看到有5-10组人马来此拍照。这或许会让你没有办法安静的晒日光浴,但谁会抱怨这么浪漫的一幕呢。如果你喜欢与世隔绝的感觉,也可以穿过观海园(面对海洋方向向沙滩的左边走),来参观一下鼓浪屿上面的一些老别墅区域和一些海岸岩石区地段。

地址:厦门市思明区鼓浪屿观海路

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Kulangsu Organ Museum (Eight Diagrams Mansion / Bagua Mansion) (Ba Gua Lou 八卦楼)

The Kulangsu organ museum’s beautiful red dome is visible from across the bay in Xiamen. The museum, housed in the old Bagua Mansion, is one of Kulangsu’s most important tourist attractions–both for its impressive collection of organs and for its stately and imposing architectural style.

The Bagua Mansion, also known as Eight Diagrams Mansion, is a good representation of early  Xiamen architecture. It was constructed by Taiwan businessman Lin Heshou and designed by Dutch American John Abraham Otte, director of Hope Hospital, in 1907. Lin Heshou aspired to build a villa blending classical eastern and western architectural styles, but the project was so costly that Lin Heshou had to mortgage his properties to get a loan from the Japanese-owned “Bank of Taiwan”.

Lin Heshou eventually went bankrupt and, leaving the project unfinished, hightailed it back to Taiwan, never to return. Afterwards the Japanese repaired the house and set up the “Xuying Study”. During the war with Japan, Bagua Mansion was a refugee asylum. After the war, it was taken over by the Kuomintang government.

Address: 43 Guxin  Road, Gulangyu Island, Siming District, Xiamen City, China

八卦楼是现代厦门建筑典型的代表。在1907年,由救世医院的创办人,荷兰籍美国人郁约翰设计,然后由台湾商人林鹤寿投资建造起来的。林鹤寿渴望建造一栋结合中西建筑风格的公馆。而后,林鹤寿破产导致未修建完成的公馆被日本人收走改建成“旭瀛书院”。在中日战争结束后,八卦楼被国民党政府收走。近几年来八卦楼是管风琴博物馆,非常受游客喜爱。

地址:厦门市思明区鼓浪屿鼓新路43号

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Pianist Yin Chengzong’s house (Yin Cheng Zong Zhai 殷承宗宅)

Kulangsu’s most famous pianist, Yin Chengzong, still owns and periodically visits this hilltop house. It is one of the island’s most beautiful private homes, now inhabited by the pianist’s brother, Yin Chengdian, who is a first-rate musician in his own right and the former dean of the Xiamen Music School.

In 1924, Yin’s father bought the land. His eldest son, Yin Chengzu, helped to design the house blending with the Minnan style and the American Revival style. In 1942, Yin Chengzong was born. The pianist went on to win some of the world’s most prestigious piano awards, and to play in Carnegie Hall and for Chairman Mao Zedong, was born in this house. The famous pianist still owns it and visits periodically.

Address: 16 Jishan Road, Gulangyu Island, Siming District, Xiamen City, China

1924年,殷承宗父亲购得此地,并交由其大儿子殷祖泽设计,既有闽南石乡特色,又有欧洲文艺复兴风韵。1942年,著名钢琴演奏家殷承宗出生于此。

地址:厦门市思明区鼓浪屿鸡山路16号

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Gulangyu Piano Museum (Gulangyu Gang Qin Bo Wu Guan 鼓浪屿钢琴博物馆)

One of the top tourist attractions of Kulangsu Island is the world’s largest and most impressive collection of pianos, all of which reside in a sprawling series of red-roofed houses that pay heritage to the island’s European-Chinese fusion classical music tradition. When you think about the difficulty of transporting so many grand pianos from all over the world to Xiamen, and compound it with the difficulty of then getting them all onto Kulangsu Island by ferry, it all seems virtually implausible. But it’s true.

There are two separate buildings full of magnificent pianos, some in shapes and sizes you’ve probably never seen before, from miniature children’s models to ultra-long grand pianos with intricate, colorful inlaid-wood artwork and built-in candelabras. On most days, a pianist in one of the rooms periodically plays “Gulangyu Zhi Bo” (鼓浪屿之波), the island’s unofficial theme song, on one historic piano, adding to the atmosphere.

Gulangyu Piano Museum, Kulangsu (Gulangyu) Island

The Piano Museum sits above the beautiful Shu Zhuang Garden (Shu Zhuang Hua Yuan 菽庄花园); one museum ticket admits you to both sites. Don’t miss the extra pianos on display through the series of large plate-glass windows by the steps as you descend from the museum to the garden. Once you’ve descended, you’ll traverse Shu Zhuang Garden’s lily ponds and boulder sculptures and traverse a series of walkways with photogenic views over waves crashing on rocks, a palm-lined beach below, and rolling hills above. Whatever else you do on the island, and however much time you have, don’t miss any of this canonical Kulangsu experience.

Address: 7 Gangzaihou Road, Gulangyu Island, Siming District, Xiamen City, China

鼓浪屿上面最著名的景点之一,鼓浪屿钢琴博物馆,是世界上最大的钢琴博物馆,也是岛上传统古典音乐的标志性历史遗产。很难想象,当初这么多大型的钢琴,是如何从世界各地经历重重困难运到这里的。在两栋分开的大楼里摆放着各式各样大小款式不同的钢琴,而且,里面会有为一位钢琴师周期性的弹奏“鼓浪屿之波”。

地址:厦门市思明区鼓浪屿港仔后路7号

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