The Secret Backdrop of Chinese Cultural Heritage Sites - A Case of Ancient Building Complexes on Wudang Mountain

Zhu, Sun and Ding, Yuan (2008) The Secret Backdrop of Chinese Cultural Heritage Sites - A Case of Ancient Building Complexes on Wudang Mountain. 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)

It’s interesting that Chinese experts always forgot submitting their World Heritage Applications with the type of Cultural Landscape; yet, traditionally, Chinese selected sites for structures of all kinds basing on an organic view of the cosmos, which binds individuals, families and society to the past, present and future, and links the physical aspects and the spiritual together. The World Heritage site, Ancient Building Complexes on Wudang Mountain served as an example to open out this secret background of Chinese cultural heritage sites. These architectural groups mainly consist of the royal temples and palaces built in 15th century. Being one of the most important monuments in China, their principle planning is not only precise in tangible way, such as the clear distinction between the major and minor parts, but also in its intangible way: Geomancy, Religious belief and historic period located the central place during the whole process of the construction.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Zhu, Sun
Ding, Yuan
Languages: English
Keywords: World Heritage List; historic monuments; temples; palaces; architectural complex; intangible heritage
Subjects: M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains, China
UNESCO WHC Number: 705
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2010 08:27
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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