Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2758

Full Length Research Paper

Sustainable development of landscape environment of traditional Changzhen

Jia Yuanyuan
  • Jia Yuanyuan
  • College of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Xihua University, Chengdu 610039, China.
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Lu Junfu
  • Lu Junfu
  • State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection, Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu, 610059, China
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Qing Ling
  • Qing Ling
  • Shapingba Teachers' Advanced Studies College, Chongqing 400030, China.
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  •  Received: 03 January 2014
  •  Accepted: 02 March 2014
  •  Published: 15 May 2014


Old town is like living fossil which has accumulated rich historical connotations; the one carrying the history of a region’s political, economic, cultural and ecological changes as well as the formative art created by collective labors and wisdoms of generations. The preservation of ancient Chinese dwellings and old towns began late; many historical architectures and traditional country fairs are forcibly removed during the transformation of old cities and towns, thus ancient towns with their original historical looks are becoming less and less. In comparison, the preservation and development of old western towns started earlier than China; with rich experience, they offer good examples for China, especially the successful developing way: eco-tourism. By comparing the preservation and development of traditional Chinese towns’ landscape features to that of western ones, this paper points out that the future development of old towns rely on proper handling of the relation between preserving and the feasibility of renewing, so as to maintain the landscape features of old towns in the course of sustainable development.


Key words: Traditional Changzhen, landscape environment, sustainable development, preservation.