Landscape Features and Mechanism of Huizhou Ancient Village

  • Department of Geography, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu, Anhui 241000

Received date: 2004-01-16

  Revised date: 2004-05-13

  Online published: 2004-11-20


Surrounded by continuous unbroken mountains, Huizhou, which abounds in bright mountains and limpid waters, is an important settlement for people migrated from the northern China for 3times in Chinese history, as well as the hometown for Cheng-Zhu Idealist Philosophy and Hui Merchants. The geographical environment of the Ming and Qing dynasties in Huizhu boasted beautiful mountains and rivers and flourishing style of writing, and thus, had created glorious regional culture of Huizhou characteristics. As one of the center of agricultural production and living place for Hui people, ancient villages are the major carrier of Hui Culture. Inhabitants of the same clan, city-like villages and the many high-rise ancestral halls and archways scattering in the villages, together form the directly perceived cultural landscape, exaggerating greatly the patriarchal clan concept and system in ancient Huizhou. Rich cultural atmosphere are reflected in such educational architecture as academy schools and old-style tutorial schools scattered in ancient villages as well as local people's residential architecture decorated with elegant and meaningful carvings and antithetical couplets. Gardening is a major feature of the residential environment in Huizhou villages. Shuikou garden, academy school garden and residence garden, the various kinds of gardens together set off more gardening atmosphere to Huizhou ancient villages.

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LU Lin, LIN Shan-Jin, JIAO Hua-Fu, WANG Li . Landscape Features and Mechanism of Huizhou Ancient Village[J]. SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA, 2004 , 24(6) : 660 -665 . DOI: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2004.06.660


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