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Dancing in the Market: Reconfiguring Commerce and Heritage in Lijiang

Chapter

Abstract

This chapter asks what it means when a living town is inscribed as a World Heritage Site, when people find themselves on the global stage and are expected to preserve not only the architecture of their town, but also the authenticity of their traditional culture. Provincial and local authorities see Lijiang’s heritage status as both an important commercial opportunity and a source of pride, UNESCO officials expect certain standards be upheld, and Naxi inhabitants seek to redefine identities in a globally recognized space. Meanwhile, tourists bring their own expectations. The chapter considers all three inscribed Lijiang spaces, Dayanzhen, Baisha, and Shuhe.

Keywords

Local Resident World Heritage Tourism Development World Heritage Site UNESCO World Heritage 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

Material in the section “Lijiang’s Heritage: Background and Overview” draws, in part, on an earlier version of a paper (Peters 1999a) that was subsequently published in 2001 (see Peters in Tan, Cheung and Yang [2001a: 313–332]). Information was gathered by the author during her more than 15 years of visits to Lijiang as part of UNESCO and also comes from other sources, for example the Nature Conservancy’s Great River Project, as indicated. The author would like to express her thanks first and foremost to all the people of Lijiang who have spent time over the years with her patiently answering her questions and providing her with information and knowledge about Lijiang. They have been good friends, and she is grateful to them all. The author would also like to thank Ms. Pernille Askud, Dr. David Feingold, and Dr. Tami Blumenfield who have taken the time to read drafts of the chapter and make useful comments and recommendations. The views expressed are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect those of UNESCO, The Nature Conservancy or colleagues who have read the draft.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Culture UnitUNESCO BangkokBangkokThailand

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