Developmental Sustainability through Heritage Preservation: Two Chinese Case Studies

Song, Xiao and Cheong, Kee Cheok and Wang, Qianyi and Li, Yurui (2020) Developmental Sustainability through Heritage Preservation: Two Chinese Case Studies. Sustainability, 12 (9). p. 3705. ISSN 2071-1050, DOI

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Cultural heritage is a vital part of a society's existence. This role has particular relevance for China, with arguably one of the largest stocks of cultural assets, tangible and intangible, in the world. Recognizing the tension between cultural preservation and economic development as a general context, this paper examines the specific additional challenges China faces in its rush towards economic development. In providing both generic and China-specific contexts, this paper has as its objective to understand how Chinese policy-makers, both central and local, attempt to resolve the contest between cultural preservation and economic development, specifically rural rejuvenation. Through two case studies-of Lijiang in Yunnan province and Rizhao in Shandong province-this paper shows contrasting strategies to leverage local intangible cultural assets. Comparing these strategies reveals both the advantages and challenges inherent in each. A successful strategy captures the benefits of cultural tourism while minimizing its costs. © 2020 by the authors.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Doctoral Foundation of Shandong Technology and Business University (BS201928), National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 41571166 and 41971220)
Uncontrolled Keywords: rural revitalization; rural tourism; heritage preservation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Divisions: Faculty of Economics & Administration
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2020 02:39
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 02:39

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