Landscape Division of Traditional Settlement and Effect Elements of Landscape Gene in China

  • 1. Resources Environment & Tourism Management Dept., Hengyang Normal University, Hengyang 421008, Hunan, China;
    2. College of Economics and Trade, Hunan University, Changsha 410079, China; 3 Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China

Received date: 2010-01-09

  Revised date: 2010-11-15

  Online published: 2010-12-20

Supported by

National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40771050; National Key Technology R&D Program, No.2008BAJ08B18-01; Project of Hunan Province, Major Bid Item Projects of National Philosophy Social Science of Hunan Province; Key Constructive Disciplines Projects of Human Geography in Hunan Province; Scientific and Technological Innovation Team Projects of Higher Learning Institution in Hunan Province


The landscape division of traditional settlement is the job with a strong concept with theory and practicality. It is one of the most important topics in studies on cultural landscape division. In views of the characteristics of regional, systematic, stable, development, identical, typical and harmonious traditional settlement landscape in China, setting the inner similarity of traditional settlement landscape "Image" as precondition, and taking opposite consistency principle as main principle while considering other principles, this paper divides the nation's settlement landscape into three large-sized landscape regions, 14 landscape regions and 76 landscape subregions. The division, from the practice, are based on the relevant landscape principle, such as the principle of environmental constraints, the principle of cultural guidance, the principle of integrated regions, the principle of relevant identity, the principle of covering and non-continuity, the principle of structures, the principle of comprehensive and landscape identity, etc.
Naming principle of landscape area at all levels is area-name plus charecteristic and general name. These large-sized landscape regions, landscape regions and landscape subregions are all different in environmental quality and cultural background, so their integrated settlement and architectural landscapes show strong "identifiability" and "impressionality".
The division of China's traditional settlement in this article is from the landscape gene perspective rather than based on cultural characteristics used before. Finally, the paper, in the view of "landscape gene", analyzes the main elements that influence the judges of China's traditional settlement landscape genes, from the elements of psychology, ecology, aesthetics, environment, culture, time and order and so on.

Cite this article

LIU Peilin, LIU Chunla, DENG Yunyuan, SHEN Xiuying, LI Bohua, HU Zui . Landscape Division of Traditional Settlement and Effect Elements of Landscape Gene in China[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2010 , 65(12) : 1496 -1506 . DOI: 10.11821/xb201012006


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