Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Cultural Landscape

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_439

A cultural landscape is also known as the human landscape. It is the result of human activities in a specific area that reflects the characteristics of the cultural system and the geographical features of a region. From the perspective of earth science, a cultural landscape refers to a complex of cultural phenomena composed of buildings, villages, factories, mines, cities, transportation tools, roads, people and costumes on the background of the natural landscape. The term ‘cultural landscape’ has been used universally since the 1920s. In 1925, C.D. Sauer pointed out in his publication ‘The Morphology of Landscape’ that cultural landscape is the result of human culture’s effects on the natural landscape and advocated for studying cultural geography through cultural landscape. The 16th World Heritage Committee proposed that cultural landscape should be a category of world heritage, which would include three major categories: (1) the landscapes designed and created on purpose by man;...

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