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Cultural landscape characteristics and zoning of traditional villages in Huizhou City

Jiaping Huang1 Qihua Deng1 Hao Liang1 Jin Tao2*
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1 College of Forestry and Landscape Architecture, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China
2 School of Architecture, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China
Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism 2023, 5(4), 1311
Submitted: 14 July 2023 | Accepted: 30 August 2023 | Published: 26 December 2023
© 2023 by the Author(s). This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution -Noncommercial 4.0 International License (CC-by the license) ( )

Traditional villages and cultural landscapes harbor rich historical information, representing a crucial agricultural heritage. This systematic categorization of these zones is essential for scientifically identifying their distinctive characteristics and values, thereby focusing protection efforts effectively. This paper focuses on Huizhou City, a typical multicultural area, examining its rich traditional villages and cultural landscapes through a comprehensive index system covering four levels and 22 factors. To categorize the city’s diverse cultural landscape, K-means cluster analysis is employed, resulting in the identification of five traditional village cultural landscape zones, namely the northern mountain valley, the central plain of the Dongjiang River basin, the south-central plain of the Xizhi River basin, the southern coastal area, and the eastern mountainous hills. Each zone exhibits different spatial patterns and landscape characteristics. While this paper offers a preliminary analysis, future research should integrate advanced data analysis methods to comprehensively examine the cultural landscape to guide dynamic protection strategies and facilitate the adaptive reuse of traditional villages.

Traditional village
Cultural landscape
K-means cluster analysis method
Huizhou City
This work was supported by Guangdong Basic and Applied Basic Research Foundation (Project Number: 2021B1515020013) and Guangdong Provincial Philosophy and Social Science Planning Project (Project Number: GD21CYS05).

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