[Paper] A mirror with two sides - heritage development and urban conservation in the Ancient City of Pingyao, China

By Shu-yi Wang

In an historic urban context, physical setting forms an environment that generates the uniqueness of a place, and the activities in this physical setting enrich its cultural value. Along with the demands of modernisation, changes and development are inevitable in an historic settlement. In addition to the need for economic development within the nation, the concept of heritage development in China has also been strongly influenced by political reforms and civil wars during the past 100 years. This paper explores the development of heritage tourism in the Ancient City of Pingyao under these apparent and hidden factors since it was inscribed on the World Heritage list in 1997.

Citation: Wang, S.-y. (2008). A mirror with two sides - heritage development and urban conservation in the Ancient City of Pingyao, China. Historic Environment, 21(3), 22-26.


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