GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 2019, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (6): 1290-1298.doi: 10.11821/dlyj020181362

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Traditional urban space governance in Beijing: Heritage and challenge

Xiaofeng TANG()   

  1. Research Center of Historical Geography, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
  • Received:2018-12-13 Revised:2019-04-12 Online:2019-06-20 Published:2019-06-12


This study explores and classifies the traditional urban space of Beijing, and puts forward the concepts of imperial power space, ritual space, good-neighborliness space and public space. Based on the architectural structures, the performance of imperial power, ritual system and ethics in different types of space are examined, and the governance characteristics of each kind of space are discussed. The study also points out the cultural and ideological background reasons resulting in the deficiency of street public space governance in the dynastic times. In contemporary society, the above-mentioned space has been changed in different degrees and directions. For example, the imperial power space has simply changed into a cultural heritage one, however, the good-neighborliness space has been in dilemma that related to the hard choice between the traditional life style and the modern style. Therefore, it is a challenging issue for Beijing's urban governance to figure out a way to protect and inherit the excellent historical heritage while developing modern urban space properly.

Key words: Beijing city, historical geography, space governance