AccScience Publishing / JCAU / Online First / DOI: 10.36922/jcau.2891

Cultural landscape design and protection of Lifang Village, Shuangbai County, Yunnan, China, in the context of rural revitalization

Chunran Zhou1,2 Mohamed Reza Mohamed Afla1*
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1 Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Housing, Building and Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Gelugor, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
2 Department of Digital Media, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Yunnan Technology and Business University, Kunming, Yunnan, China
Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism, 2891
Submitted: 5 February 2024 | Accepted: 15 April 2024 | Published: 31 May 2024
© 2024 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) ( )

Rural landscapes serve as crucial foundations for enhancing the quality of the human environment, showcasing local regional culture, and fostering local industrial development, thus representing the cornerstone of rural economic and social advancement. Against the backdrop of national efforts to implement rural revitalization strategies, traditional cultural landscapes continue to face varying degrees of degradation and disappearance. Tourism has emerged as a popular strategy for promoting the development of traditional villages in developing countries. Moreover, the high-quality development of the cultural and tourism industry in Chinese ethnic minority villages holds immense significance in advancing local economies, cultures, societies, and environmental protection, serving as a potent means to realize the rural revitalization strategy. This article delves into the cultural landscape of Lifang Village in Shuangbai County, Yunnan province, China. Anchored in a comprehensive understanding of Lifang Village’s political, economic, cultural, social, and ecological contexts, it aims to enhance the humanistic, ecological, industrial, residential, and infrastructural landscapes of the village. The objective is to develop Lifang Village into an integrated complex that seamlessly merges ecology, culture, and landscape, thereby crafting a Yi village distinguished by its local regional characteristics. Through meticulous analysis and synthesis of the local cultural, social, and ecological environment, the article seeks to extract and integrate elements of local distinctiveness, thematic culture, traditional heritage, and classic cultural facets. Ultimately, the aim is to cultivate a sense of identity and belonging within Lifang Village, bolstering villagers’ well-being and contributing to the preservation and inheritance of the exceptional traditional culture of ethnic minorities.

Rural landscape
Ethnic minority villages
Cultural tourism industry
Rural revitalization
Local characteristics
Cultural landscape

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