TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2015, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (4): 541-548.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.002693

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World Heritage Perspective on Ancient Tea Forests of the Jingmai Mountain in Pu’er, Yunnan

CHEN Yaohua1,ZHANG Ou2   

  1. (1.College of Urban and Environmental Sciences,Peking University,Beijing 100871,China; 2.School of Urban Planning and Design in Shenzhen Graduate School, Peking University,Shenzhen 518055,China)
  • Online:2015-07-03 Published:2015-07-03


As the development of conservation work of Ancient Tea Forests of Jingmai Mountain in Pu’er, defining its outstanding universal value in the context of World Heritage is of much importance. Based on social and natural investigation, this article mainly introduces the typical cultural landscape of the Ancient Tea Forests of Jingmai Mountain in Pu’er. It is considered that the ancient tea forests have not only the significance in interaction between man and nature, but also have a unique value and cultural significance in the cultural landscape heritages in physical geography and cultural geography perspective. The article expounds the development history, the key cultivation technology and the whole landscape of the forests and their important influence on man-land relationship and cultural inheritance. In the paper, the present situation and protection status of the ancient forests under the protection of the World Heritage Convention are also discussed, and a comparison with similar world famous agricultural landscape or famous tea garden is made. The preliminary results suggest that the landscape of the forests includes a high degree of integration of man and nature and has precious outstanding universal value. Generally speaking, the value of the Ancient Tea Forests of Jingmai Mountain in Pu’er is unique, as compared with other world heritage. The authenticity, integrality of the landscape may fit the world heritage criteria iii and v, thus the research and the understanding of the value of the ancient tea forests seem to be especially important for us, and they should be further investigated.

Key words: world heritage, cultural landscape, value, the Jingmai Mountain, ancient tea forests, Pu’er Tea