A Changing Process of Traditional Built Environment in Yunnan, China

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This study captures evidence of the different meanings of tradition in two sites in Yunnan province, in
Southwest China. It compares the development of the capital city, Kunming, which represents people’s
desire for the modernity, to the Old Town in Lijiang county where a traditional environment has been
regenerated for tourism. In Kunming, the definitions of old and new, tradition and modern are eventually blurred, whereas in Lijiang, a bold celebration of its regenerated indigenous roots forces people to accept and to think. Both strategies allow the places to compete in and connect to the global economy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalTraditional Dwellings and Settlements Review
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2008
EventInternational Association for the Study of Traditional Environment: Interrogating Tradition: Epistemologies, Fundamentalisms, Regeneration and Practices - Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Dec 200815 Dec 2008


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