Making a Cultural Landscape: The Case of Dongshan River Basin, Taiwan

Shu Chun Lucy Huang, William P. Stewart, Pao Ning Yin

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Developing a cultural landscape establishes a regional identity, creates value for residents, and has potential to diversify a community’s economic base due to tourism development. Changes in local landscape morphology lead to multidimensional challenges in terms of the environmental consciousness and cultural identity of residents. The study examined residents’ perception of changes in their local landscape regarding its visual form, the meanings they constructed with the landscape, and their functional experience of living and working in it. Findings revealed that in its agricultural era, the visual landscape, meanings, and experience consisted mainly of physical elements connected with residents’ small-scale agricultural and fishery production. In the tourism era, the visual landscape, meanings, and experience were connected to recreational settings and iconic landmarks associated with the tourism industry. Both agricultural and tourism development occurred in ways that complemented each other and built a cultural landscape that connected the past with the present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1507-1522
Number of pages16
JournalSociety and Natural Resources
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2 2017


  • Cultural landscape
  • land use change
  • landscape perception
  • rural tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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