GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 2003, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (3): 335-342.doi: 10.11821/yj2003030009

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The characteristics of scenic city of Guilin and its protection

HAN Guang hui, CHEN Xi bo, ZHAO Ying li   

  1. School of Environmental Science, Peking University, Beijing, 100871, China
  • Received:2002-10-09 Revised:2003-01-23 Online:2003-06-15 Published:2003-06-15


The landscape in the scenic city of Guilin is made up of both cultural and natural landscapes. This paper shows the main characteristics of Guilin City as one of the National Historical Cultural Cities and one of the National Scenery Areas. The Guilin City has a history of more than 2100 years and still preserves many historical buildings. On the other hand, Guilin is located in the karst area and is rich in natural sceneries. In order to protect its unique landscape, the authors put forward three suggestions. Firstly, reserving the cultural landscape of Guilin is to protect not only a single historical building but also some historical areas in the city. For example, to protect the city gates, we should protect and rebuild the moat, which is together with the gates as an indivisible military contravallation system. Now, historical areas are usually regarded as the remarkable symbols of a city. So, protecting and rebuilding the historical areas is an urgent task. Secondly, it is high time to protect the stone inscriptions of Guilin, which embodies the various culture of the city. Now, the high tech method and advanced management system should be used to protect the stone inscriptions. Finally, in the city planning, including both tourism planning and the economic development planning, cultural factors of the city should be regarded as important as natural factors.

Key words: scenic city, cultural landscape, city planning, protection measures, Guilin

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