TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2016, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (4): 572-579.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.002856

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Symbolic Space and Formation Process of the Licha Village in the Zhaoqing City

REN Bingxun,YANG Ying,LIN Lin   

  1. (School of Geography and Planning,Sun Yat-sen University,Guangzhou 510275,China)
  • Received:2016-02-02 Online:2016-07-05 Published:2016-07-05

Abstract: The Licha Village of the Zhaoqing City mainly experienced a start-up phase, a prosperous phase and an overflow phase. From the perspective of symbolic space, the cultural landscape symbols of the Licha Village was analyzed as a whole and from inside. The results showed that: the Licha Village was built according to the terrain and around waters with an outline similar to the shape of the Eight Diagrams, consisting of “fifty houses and one street”. The central symbolic space evolved from the initial “Well of the Zhou family and Delonix” to “one platform and four wells” and now expanded to the whole ancient village; the Ground Hall was a symbol of the family status; the Wine Hall was a symbol of parties and activities; the Ancestor’s Hall was a symbol of family inheritance. The Licha Village formed making use of the opportunities brought by the land policy change, was driven and improved by the traditional culture, adapted to and was transformed by the natural environment and was driven by the needs of defense.

Key words: the Licha Village, symbolic space, formation mechanism