Site of Former Kulangsu Municipal Council
Site of Former Kulangsu Municipal Council
In 1897, Japan sent a formal note to the Qing government to require a Japanese Concession on Kulangsu. In 1900, American consul Anson Burlingame Johnson proposed to set up an International Settlement in case Japan occupied the island. An officer named Yan nian from Xing-Quan-Yong state was sent to deliberate with  Anson Burlingame Johnson and other consuls. In 1902, Land Regulations for the Settlement of Kulangsu Amoy were signed. In 1903, the Kulangsu municipal council was established, working under the direction of the foreign consular corps. The council responsibilities included handling municipal affairs and performing police services. The ruin site is of the first office that the council rented.