PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2008, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (6): 90-96.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2008.06.013

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Progress and Prospects in Research of the Traditional Rural Cultural Landscape

SUN Yihui1,2, CHEN Tian1, WANG Yuncai3   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
    3. College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai 200029, China
  • Received:2008-08-01 Revised:2008-10-01 Online:2008-11-25 Published:2008-11-25


There are rich cultural landscapes in the vast rural space worldwide. As the crystallization of the working people's wisdom of several times, the traditional rural cultural landscape is also the important carrier of regional culture, especially for traditional culture. But with the development of modernization, urbanization and industrialization, both the physical and spiritual situations of rural areas are experiencing tremendous changes, and the traditional rural cultural landscape is facing unprecedented challenges. Over commercialization and rapid modernization have become key problems for the landscape conservation, and one of the most serious consequences is that the characteristic of integrity and continuity of regional cultural landscape suffers destruction and especially the traditional culture has gradually disappeared. So researchers at home and abroad give much attention to it and they have got many results. On the basis of reviewing the researches progressing on the traditional rural cultural landscape over the past 20 years, the paper concludes that previous researches concentrate on the character, evolvement and conservation with the feature of multidisciplinary study. The development mechanism and corresponding control measures are the foci of all the studies. But both the research contents and the research degrees need to be lucubrated. Finally, the authors also put forward some themes to which special attention should be paid in the coming days.

Key words: cultural landscape, landscape change, landscape protection, rural areas