Bookstore taps art potential of Gulangyu Island heritage; Xinhua

China – Kulangsu: a Historic International Settlement

Su Xiaodong owns a bookstore on Gulangyu Island and he has called it “wormhole”.

“A wormhole connects different time and space,” said Su, from the city of Xiamen, East China’s Fujian province. “That’s exactly what I want to do, connect the island with its beautiful past.”

Su, 47, traveled to many countries before he decided to set up the bookstore last summer. “The history and culture here is very distinct,” he said.

Gulangyu, off the coast of Xiamen, is famous for its varied architecture and multicultural history and was included on the UNESCO World Heritage list Saturday.

The island is dotted with east-meets-west style residences built by overseas Chinese elites who returned to the island in the early 20th century.

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