Preservation of Traditional Culture in Modern Society: a Case Study of China Meishan Cultural Park

Preservation of Traditional Culture in Modern Society: a Case Study of China Meishan Cultural Park

Jinge Luo Feihu Chen 

School of Design, Hunan University, Changsha, China

School of Architecture, Hunan University, Changsha, China

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Meishan culture is one of the three ancestral Chinese cultures (the other two are the Zhongyuan and Jingchu cultures) and an important part of Huxiang history in central south China. To reproduce, preserve, and further develop a traditional Meishan culture, Meishan Cultural Park was constructed by the local residents. This paper discussed the design and construction of this cultural park in the context of cultural translation. Through cultural translations between local and ancient cultures and external and modern knowledge, a functionally modern tourism park, which reflects the traditional Meishan culture, was successfully built.


cultural preservation, cultural translation, local culture, rural development, tourism


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