Conserving the comprehensive image of natural settings for World Heritage Sites: A case of the Yu-Long-Xue-Shan Snow Mountain as the landmark for the Old Town of Lijiang

Tianxin, Zhang, Takayoshi, Yamamura and Funilki, Yosuke (2005) Conserving the comprehensive image of natural settings for World Heritage Sites: A case of the Yu-Long-Xue-Shan Snow Mountain as the landmark for the Old Town of Lijiang. 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)

The authors propose a concept of Comprehen-sive Image of Natural Settings for World Heritage sites. By this we mean that important natural setting elements represent various cultural images that should be understood and preserved in an integrated way.We take the 5,596-meter-high Yu-long-xue-sh-an Snow Mountain in World Heritage city - Lijiang, Yunan Province, China as a case study. As the city’s most important natural setting element, it connects profoundly with the city and is reflected by the local people in multiple ways: 1st, it has a heroic image described constantly in Naxi people's myths and literature; 2nd, it has a symbolic image visualizing as the city’s landma-rk; 3rd, it has a mystery image owing its ever-changing appearance; 4th, it has a practical image as the productive site for many of the city’s construction materials and life resources. In this paper, the authors discuss how the Yu-long-xue-shan Snow Mountain’s various images coexist and interact in Lijiang’s character, literature, music, artifact, building, and townsca-pe. We will further examine how these images can be preserved and utilized in current city development. All these lead to a comprehensive understanding and preservation of the natural settings for the world heritage sites.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Tianxin, Zhang
Takayoshi, Yamamura
Funilki, Yosuke
Languages: English
Keywords: setting; natural setting; mountain; World Heritage; World Heritage List
Subjects: H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 19. Natural sites
M. WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 13. Historic town centres
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Old Town of Lijiang, China; Yulongxueshan Snow Mountain, China
UNESCO WHC Number: 811
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2010 16:48
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:14
References: 1. World Heritage Committee (1994), Official Record: WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE Sixteenth Session (Santa Fe, USA, 7-14 December 1992), World Heritage Centre.

2. World Heritage Committee (1994), Official Record: Expert Meeting on the “Global Strategy” and thematic studies for a representative World Heritage List (UNESCO Headquarters, 20-22 June 1994), World Heritage Centre.

3. World Heritage Committee (1999), Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention,World Heritage Centre.

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