The setting of the Forbidden City and its protection

Hongkui, Jim (2005) The setting of the Forbidden City and its protection. In: 15th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Monuments and sites in their setting - conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes’, 17 – 21 oct 2005, Xi'an, China. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

From the mid 12th century, the capitals of the Jin (1115-1234), Yuan (1271-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties were built on the same site as today’s Beijing. For over 580 years, the increasing population in Beijing, on the one hand, thrives upon its historical achievements, but on the other causes continuous threats to the Capital’s heritage and other significant historical features in the surrounding region. In the Ming dynasty, the development of the Forbidden City and the Capital went in parallel at the same time. The palaces, altars, offices, storages, temples, houses and markets reflect the key political contents of feudal China. The cultural landscape and townscape of Beijing is the larger setting of the Forbidden City. This paper argues that while the capital faces surmounting pressure in its development, the protection of the Forbidden City’s setting should include the sustainable development of Beijing’s cultural landscape, including the exploration of its cultural implications and maintenance of its architectural aesthetics and significance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
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Hongkui, JimUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: World Heritage List; historic monuments; cultural landscape; setting; sustainable development; protection
Subjects: M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 11. Legal protection and Administration
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 05. Sites
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Forbidden City, Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang, China
UNESCO WHC Number: 439
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2010 07:33
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:14
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/285

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