The Ku­lang­su Video Doc­u­men­tary — It’s Here!


The days when Ku­lang­su (for­mer­ly known as Gu­lan­guy) was just a small, un­known is­land with many hid­den trea­sures are now long gone. To­day, Ku­lang­su rep­re­sents a po­tent touris­tic des­ti­na­tion ready to re­lease its full po­ten­tial and present it to the world. What makes Ku­lang­su stand out, in par­tic­u­lar, is the unique way it mar­ries rich tra­di­tion and the mod­ern West­ern in­flu­ence, which has been an in­te­gral part of the is­land for years. The amount of both tra­di­tion­al and mod­ern cul­tur­al her­itage on Ku­lang­su is so im­mense that it seems that every sin­gle cor­ner of this small is­land is a mon­u­ment. What’s more, the Ku­lang­su cul­tur­al her­itage has been rec­og­nized as world her­itage of great value.

Not on­ly did Ku­lang­su pre­serve its tra­di­tion and unique­ness dur­ing two glob­al­iza­tions, but it al­so found a way to ben­e­fit from the for­eign in­flu­ence and per­ma­nent­ly en­grave it in­to its iden­ti­ty. The Ku­lans­gu lo­cals who re­turned to the is­land brought a breath of fresh air and great­ly con­tributed to the mod­ern­iza­tion of the is­land, while al­so pre­serv­ing its an­cient orig­i­nal­i­ty. This mod­ern in­flu­ence can be felt to this day in var­i­ous spheres of the is­land’s life, in­clud­ing econ­o­my, re­li­gion, ed­u­ca­tion, ar­chi­tec­ture, and of course art — es­pe­cial­ly music.

Chen Zhen­he, a mem­ber of the na­tion­al foot­ball team of Chi­na in 1920, is one of the great­est con­trib­u­tors to Ku­lang­su’s mod­ern iden­ti­ty. Be­ing a de­vot­ed pa­tri­ot, Chen swapped his po­si­tion on the na­tion­al foot­ball team for a place in the air force of Chi­na, proud­ly de­fend­ing his coun­try against Japan­ese ag­gres­sors and lay­ing down his life for his na­tion. To­day, Chen is a sym­bol of Ku­lang­su’s na­tion­al pride and the ef­forts of its peo­ple to pre­serve the great­ness of this is­land and con­tribute to its expansion.