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Landscapes Lost and FoundAppreciating Hong Kong's Heritage Cultural Landscapes$
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Ken Nicolson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789622093393

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622093393.001.0001

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Pulling the Threads Together

Pulling the Threads Together

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9 Pulling the Threads Together
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Landscapes Lost and Found
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Ken Nicolson

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622093393.003.0009

The concluding chapter stresses the need for Hong Kong to recognise the concept of cultural landscapes and apply it in conservation studies. Instead of the current ad hoc ‘fire-fighting’ approach to conservation, Hong Kong needs to get ahead of the curve by taking proper stock of its natural and built heritage resources and mapping cultural landscapes would be an effective way to integrate these data. In the absence of formal government guidelines, a simple 5-step process is set out to guide the layman and practitioner how to assess the heritage value of a cultural landscape. The importance of understanding the dynamic, evolving interrelationship between nature and mankind that has shaped and will continue to shape cultural landscapes is stressed with a final reminder that conservation is not preservation. Instead, conservation is concerned with the sensible management of change.

Keywords:   Conservation, Preservation, Natural heritage, Cultural heritage, Interrelationship

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