Shangping Village Regeneration: a Cultural Heritage Area

Shangping Village Regeneration: a Cultural Heritage Area

Posted on August 7, 2018 by martabuges

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Selected as one of the “historical and cultural villages” in Fujian province, Shangping village has been sustained by its agricultural tradition and Hakka culture. In Shangping, most of the villagers have the surname of Yang, who are the descendants of Captain Yang Zhen from the Han Dynasty. Shangping village has a complete rural feng shui pattern where two streams run around the village and gather at Shuikou area (the water gap, village entrance). It has many buildings of provincial-level cultural heritage such as the Tai Fu Tai Mansion, the Yang’s Ancestral Temple, Shezumiao Shrine, Zhaogongmiao Temple, etc. According to the legend, the great scholar Zhu Xi used to give lectures in Shangping and left it with treasured calligraphy works. Therefore, Shangping has a reputation for being a "literary village surrounded by water".

Shuikou Area

The regeneration of Shuikou area is part of an important node construction in Shangping village, as was the case with Yang’s School area and Tai Fu Tai Mansion area. Under the premise of protection, the design team has neither used the common way of “repairing old as old”, nor created the trendy mode of vernacular bed & breakfast. On the contrary, the design team has selected and transformed a number of abandoned agricultural facilities and infrastructures, such as cowsheds, pigsties, barns, and bamboo shoot squeezers, implanting upgraded industries, complementing tourism service facilities and providing a new economical platform. Based on the principles of locality and contemporariness, the design team has also designed cultural and creative products and has provided business guidance and promotions, which could be described as an integral service from conceptual planning to spatial construction and the provision of tourism products and promotion.

View of Shuikou area © Ji