Guizhou, Dali Village, China

Guizhou, is a perfect example of a cultural landscape which combines the tangible and intangible heritages harmoniously. GHF’s work in Guizhou focuses on helping preserve the living landscape and traditional crafts in the modernizing world. The project in Guizhou focuses on four main areas: planning, conservation, community development,and partnerships.

Guizhou villages were added to the UNESCO WH tentative list in 2012 for their unique vernacular landscape that was shaped by the distinct ethnic groups in the region. GHF’s work in Guizhou focuses on helping preserve the living landscape and traditional crafts in the modernizing world. The project in Guizhou focuses on four main areas: planning, conservation, community development,and partnerships.

GHF will support the design of a master plan for each village created in partnership with Shanghai Tongi University and Pekin University. These master plans will analyze the current cultural resources in the villages and proposed conservation and development strategies. The plan will keep in mind traditional vernacular landscapes while promoting new design guidelines for any future development.

The conservation in the villages will focus on the built existing environment which includes drum towers, covered bridges and the repair of vernacular houses to fit the modern needs while preserving the distinct historic fabric. Throughout the community development goals there is also a focus on conservation and preservation of the traditional crafts. There will be a strong focus on promoting the ancient papermaking and dyeing techniques with support in the form of product innovation, design and business development training.

Project Details


Location: China, Eastern Asia, Asia Organiser(s): China Social Entrepreneur Foundation (Youcheng), Guizhou Administration of Cultural Heritage (GACH), Global Heritage Fund Project partner(s): ATLAS Studio Funder(s): American Express Funding received: $1,100,899 Commencement Date: 01/2013 Project Status: Active
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