Yang Family Mansion (Yang Jia Yuan 杨家园)

Around 1913, the Philippine Chinese Yang Zhongquan and Yang Zhongyi purchased and razed an London Missionary Society house and in its place built, one after the other, the four buildings that form the present complex. It is a hotel now with a beautiful garden. Address: Road, Gulangyu Island, Siming District, Xiamen City, China 大约在1913年,菲旅华人杨忠权和杨忠懿兄弟向英国长老会购得旧房一...

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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 away in the first month after we met, but before I first visited her hometown. When I finally arrived on Ku...

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