The tangible and intangible value of the Suzhou Classical Gardens

Xueling, Yi (2008) The tangible and intangible value of the Suzhou Classical Gardens. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

The comment of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to the Classical Gardens of Suzhou is that Classical Chinese garden design, which seeks to recreate natural landscapes in miniature, is nowhere better illustrated than in the nine gardens in the historic urban of Suzhou. They are generally acknowledged to be masterpieces of the genre. Dating from the 11th-19th century, the Gardens reflect the profound metaphysical importance of natural beauty in Chinese culture in their meticulous design. There exists special relation between tangible heritage and intangible of humane spirit of the Classical Gardens of Suzhou. The Gardens were not only a tangible product, but also an important carrier of the Chinese traditional culture. The Classical Gardens of Suzhou created a kind of urban living environment and architectural forms, embodying the ideas of the urban design and the living style, showing the people to pursue the profound spiritual comfort of the living environment, also were interrelated to the local custom. The intangible heritage of humane spirit is a good example that the people and the nature are in perfect harmony; also it is impacting on the tangible and spiritual requirements of today

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
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Xueling, YiUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: classical gardens; historic gardens; tangible heritage; intangible heritage; values; spirit of place; World Heritage List
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 05. Traditional craftsmanship
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 10. Historic gardens
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 04. Social practices, rituals and festive events
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Classical Gardens of Suzhou, China
UNESCO WHC Number: 813
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2010 08:42
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:13
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URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/152

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