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Kulangsu 10-Jul-17

Kulangsu by Khuft

I visited Gulangyu (Kulangsu) in 2010, during a weekend trip to Xiamen (and the Fujian tulou), flying in from Hong Kong, where I was staying for a few months. In a sense, Gulangyu delivers what Hong Kong or Shanghai only promise: the fusion of West and East in a late 19th century / early 20th century international settlement established to trade with China. Gulangyu is surprisingly big and quite well-preserved (though when I visited in 2010, a few of the mansions were in the process of being "spruced up"). Its architecture has a distinctive Western flair to it, but Chinese elements also appear here and there (and it includes at least one fully-fledged Chinese garden). A few parts, such as the giant statue of Koxinga, are of a younger age, and it's a bit strange that they have been inscribed too. As should be expected of most tourist sites in China (in particular those in the middle of a city), it is quite touristy, but (at least in 2010) still bearable. The lack of traffic is definitely a plus - one can just stroll aimlessly around the island to discover its various corners. Overall, it was a very pleasant visit, and a break from the general hubbub of modern Chinese city life.

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Name: Khuft

Country: Germany

Visited WHS: 100

Most Impressive: Angkor

Proposal New WHS:

Update 2018-07-20 12:03:03

  1. Amsterdam Canal Ring : 5.0
  2. Ancient Kyoto : 5.0
  3. Ancient Nara : 5.0
  4. Angkor : 5.0
  5. Belem : 5.0
  6. Borobudur : 5.0
  7. Classical Gardens of Suzhou : 5.0
  8. Great Wall : 5.0
  9. Horyu-ji Area : 5.0
  10. Iguazu National Park : 5.0
  11. Imperial Palace : 5.0
  12. Istanbul : 5.0
  13. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor : 5.0
  14. Nikko : 5.0
  15. Paris, Banks of the Seine : 5.0
  16. Prague : 5.0
  17. Prambanan : 5.0
  18. Rome : 5.0
  19. Sintra : 5.0
  20. Summer Palace : 5.0
  21. Vatican City : 5.0
  22. Venice and its Lagoon : 5.0
  23. Versailles : 5.0
  24. Vienna : 5.0
  25. Vilnius : 5.0
  26. Xidi and Hongcun : 5.0
  27. Aachen Cathedral : 4.5
  28. Avignon : 4.5
  29. Bali Subak system : 4.5
  30. Bamberg : 4.5
  31. Brugge : 4.5
  32. Budapest : 4.5
  33. Changdeokgung Palace Complex : 4.5
  34. City of Luxembourg : 4.5
  35. Edinburgh : 4.5
  36. Fujian Tulou : 4.5
  37. Himeji-jo : 4.5
  38. Kii Mountain Range : 4.5
  39. Monastery of Batalha : 4.5
  40. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha : 4.5
  41. Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan : 4.5
  42. Museumsinsel (Museum Island) : 4.5
  43. Pont du Gard : 4.5
  44. Riga : 4.5
  45. Salzburg : 4.5
  46. Tallinn : 4.5
  47. Temple of Heaven : 4.5
  48. Völklingen Ironworks : 4.5
  49. West Lake : 4.5
  50. Cologne Cathedral : 4.0
  51. Convent of Christ in Tomar : 4.0
  52. Evora : 4.0
  53. Grand Canal : 4.0
  54. Gyeongju : 4.0
  55. Hwaseong Fortress : 4.0
  56. Itsukushima Shrine : 4.0
  57. Kulangsu : 4.0
  58. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces : 4.0
  59. Lyon : 4.0
  60. Lübeck : 4.0
  61. Macao : 4.0
  62. Melaka and George Town : 4.0
  63. Oporto : 4.0
  64. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple : 4.0
  65. Singapore Botanic Gardens : 4.0
  66. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District : 4.0
  67. Strasbourg : 4.0
  68. Trier : 4.0
  69. University of Coimbra : 4.0
  70. Upper Middle Rhine Valley : 4.0
  71. Verona : 4.0
  72. Vicenza : 4.0
  73. Westminster : 4.0
  74. Caceres : 3.5
  75. Genbaku Dome : 3.5
  76. Imperial Tombs : 3.5
  77. Monastery of Alcobaça : 3.5
  78. Nancy : 3.5
  79. Old City of Berne : 3.5
  80. Schönbrunn : 3.5
  81. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution : 3.5
  82. Würzburg Residence : 3.5
  83. Grand Place, Brussels : 3.0
  84. Santa Maria delle Grazie : 3.0
  85. Forth Bridge : 2.5
  86. Kernavë : 2.5
  87. Rietveld Schröderhuis : 2.5
  88. Speyer Cathedral : 2.5
  89. Fortress of Suomenlinna : 2.0
  90. Jongmyo Shrine : 2.0
  91. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle : 1.0
  92. Struve Geodetic Arc : 0.5
  93. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  94. Belfries
  95. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  96. Kronborg Castle
  97. Qhapaq Ñan
  98. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  99. Silk Roads
  100. Statue of Liberty
  1. Aguas Livres Aqueduct (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Archaeological Sites of the Ancient Shu State: Site at Jinsha and Joint Tombs of Boat- shaped Coffins in Chengdu City, S (T)
  4. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  5. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  6. Bulwarked Fortifications of the "Raia" (Border) (T)
  7. Central Park (T)
  8. Chinese Section of the Silk Road (T)
  9. City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (T)
  10. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  11. Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal (T)
  12. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  13. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  14. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  15. Kebun Raya Bogor (T)
  16. Le noyau historique médiéval ou la "Cuve" de Gand (T)
  17. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  18. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  19. Montado, Cultural Landscape (T)
  20. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  21. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  22. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  23. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  24. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  25. Rade de Marseille (T)
  26. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  27. Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) (T)
  28. Seoul City Wall (T)
  29. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  30. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  31. Sites of Globalization (T)
  32. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  33. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  34. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  35. The Chinese Section of the Silk Roads (T)
  36. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  37. The Old Town of Jakarta (Formerly old Batavia) and 4 Outlying Islands (Onrust, Kelor, Cipir dan Bidadari) (T)
  38. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  39. Trowulan - Former Capital City of Majapahit Kingdom (T)
  40. Vila Viçosa, Renaissance ducal town (T)
  1. Amritsar
  2. Bagan
  3. Chhatris (cenotaphs) of Orchha
  4. Chicago School of Architecture
  5. Dzongs of Bhutan
  6. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  7. La Grotte ornée Chauvet - Pont d'Arc
  8. Laas Gaal
  9. Minoan palaces of Crete
  10. Mount Rushmore
  11. Mt Kailash
  12. Naica Cave: Cave of the Crystals
  13. Nan Madol
  14. Plain of Jars / Sites Mégalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang
  15. Qutb Shahi Monuments of Hyderabad: Golconda Fort, Qutb Shahi Tombs
  16. Synagogue of Subotica
  17. Tana Toraja Cultural Landscape
  18. Taq-i-Kisra (Arch of Ctesiphon)
  19. Ur
  20. Vers une architecture: Major Buildings of Le Corbusier
  1. Hawaii Volcanoes
  2. L'Anse aux Meadows
  3. Thingvellir
  4. White City of Tel-Aviv
  5. Brasilia
  6. Cordoba
  7. Naples
  8. Edinburgh
  9. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  10. Prague
  11. Sana'a
  12. Old City of Jerusalem
  13. Rome
  14. Istanbul
  15. Venice and its Lagoon
  16. Forth Bridge
  17. Grand Canal
  18. Qhapaq Ñan
  19. Silk Roads
  20. Anuradhapura
  21. Fatehpur Sikri
  22. Ayutthaya
  23. Ellora Caves
  24. Moenjodaro
  25. Angkor
  26. Tassili n'Ajjer
  27. Vézère Valley
  28. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  29. Altamira Cave
  30. Iguazu National Park
  31. Okavango Delta
  32. Lake Baikal
  33. Victoria Falls
  34. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  35. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  36. Neolithic Orkney
  37. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  38. Nasca Lines
  39. Çatalhöyük
  40. Stonehenge
  41. Chavin
  42. Copan
  43. Palenque
  44. Tiwanaku
  45. Cahokia Mounds
  46. Chichen-Itza
  47. Tikal National Park
  48. Teotihuacan
  49. Chan Chan
  50. Machu Picchu
  51. SGang Gwaay
  52. San Agustín
  53. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  54. Valletta
  55. City of Luxembourg
  56. Riga
  57. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  58. St. Petersburg
  59. Florence
  60. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  61. Mountain Resort, Chengde
  62. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  63. Summer Palace
  64. El Escurial
  65. Royal Palaces of Abomey
  66. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  67. Versailles
  68. Imperial Palace
  69. Rapa Nui
  70. Hattusha
  71. Palmyra
  72. Petra
  73. Persepolis
  74. Samarra
  75. Kilimanjaro National Park
  76. Sagarmatha National Park
  77. Potosi
  78. Malbork Castle
  79. Great Wall
  80. Himeji-jo
  81. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  82. Crac des Chevaliers
  83. Gwynedd Castles
  84. Statue of Liberty
  85. Avignon
  86. Novgorod
  87. Tallinn
  88. Arab-Norman Palermo
  89. Rhodes
  90. Budapest
  91. Brugge
  92. Vienna
  93. Cracow
  94. Dubrovnik
  95. Granada
  96. Siena
  97. Bryggen
  98. Great Barrier Reef
  99. West Norwegian Fjords
  100. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  101. Cuzco
  102. Ha Long Bay
  103. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  104. Nikko
  105. Temple of Heaven
  106. Itsukushima Shrine
  107. Hampi
  108. Prambanan
  109. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  110. Chola Temples
  111. Yosemite National Park
  112. Ngorongoro
  113. Yellowstone
  114. Galapagos Islands
  115. Gyeongju
  116. Ancient Nara
  117. Ancient Kyoto
  118. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  119. Ironbridge Gorge
  120. Nubian Monuments
  121. Ancient Thebes
  122. Jantar Mantar
  123. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  124. Fujisan
  125. Loire Valley
  126. Bam Cultural Landscape
  127. Uluru
  128. Bali Subak system
  129. Persian Garden
  130. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  131. Sintra
  132. West Lake
  133. Lima
  134. Old Havana
  135. Macao
  136. Quito
  137. Willemstad
  138. Melaka and George Town
  139. Ouro Preto
  140. Puebla
  141. Meroe
  142. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  143. Cliff of Bandiagara
  144. Aksum
  145. Kinderdijk
  146. Kremlin and Red Square
  147. Sydney Opera House
  148. Novodevichy Convent
  149. Monastery of Batalha
  150. Urnes Stave Church
  151. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  152. Kiev
  153. Rila Monastery
  154. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  155. Cologne Cathedral
  156. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  157. Belem
  158. Chartres Cathedral
  159. Mtskheta
  160. Churches and Convents of Goa
  161. Sceilg Mhichíl
  162. Mount Athos
  163. Westminster
  164. Mont-Saint-Michel
  165. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  166. Vatican City
  167. Meteora
  168. Ravenna
  169. Lalibela
  170. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  171. Taj Mahal
  172. Pyramids (Memphis)
  173. Bamiyan Valley
  174. Horyu-ji Area
  175. Takht-i-Bahi
  176. Sanchi
  177. Mount Wutai
  178. Longmen Grottoes
  179. Mogao Caves
  180. Borobudur
  181. Potala Palace
  182. Old Town of Lijiang
  183. Hué
  184. Luang Prabang
  185. Kathmandu Valley
  186. Bukhara
  187. Ping Yao
  188. Kairouan
  189. Damascus
  190. Historic Cairo
  191. Aleppo
  192. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  193. Leptis Magna
  194. Pompei
  195. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  196. Acropolis
  197. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  198. Timbuktu
  199. Djenné
  200. Volcanoes of Kamchatka