Kanyu (Feng-shui): The forgotten perspective in the understanding of intangible setting in China's heritage sites

Ding, Yuan (2005) Kanyu (Feng-shui): The forgotten perspective in the understanding of intangible setting in China's heritage sites. 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)

Being the spirit of China’s architecture traditionally and the substituting of "superstition" currently, Kanyu (Feng-shui) is an obvious example of the controversy among the China’s monument architecture in world heritage list: on one hand, the external aspects of them, such as facades or technical skills, are highly evaluated and acknowledged; on the other hand, the internal aspects, such as the intangible setting, are fading consciously or unconsciously with the change of cultural dimension. Through the analysis of Kanyu(Feng-shui) in history, the thesis tries to make transparent of the trajectory of the fading of intangible setting since China involved in the intercultural context, and lays emphasis on impact of the cultural controversies and movements from 1840, such as the controversy on east and west cultures in the later Qing dynasty, New Cultural Movement, and Cultural Revolution.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Ding, Yuan
Languages: English
Keywords: Feng-shui; Kanyu; historic sites; setting; intangible heritage
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: The Forbidden City, Beijing, 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: 03 Nov 2010 12:47
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:14
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URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/321

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