Multi-Images of an Historical Area in Central Beijing: A Post-modern Case Study of Dongjiaominxiang

Authors: Shangyi Zhou*, Beijing Normal University
Topics: Cultural Geography, Urban Geography, China
Keywords: post-modern,multi-images,urban planning,historical areas in Beijing
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Balcony M, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
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Administrators want to know the impacts of giving a specific title or defining a specific function to an historical area in the city. For answering this question, we conducted a survey in Dong Jiao Min Xiang (DJMX) which is near Tiananmen Square in Beijing and is one of the 25 historical areas in Central Beijing. We sampled and interviewed more than 100 local people and tourists in DJMX. The questionnaires and interviews reveal that they have more than five images of this place - as a residential area, the embassies area in the late Qing Dynasty, a conservation area of western architectures, a place of patriotism education and a state administrative quarter. The quantitative analysis of the data reveals that the historical and political senses of this area are not more obvious than other images. The Pearson correlations relating individual attributes’ and their identities of the images show that there is no common identity within most groups. The four interviewees told their moral promoting when they gazed DJMX. That coincided with the Soja’s trialectics of spatiality. So we gave the answer to the government that was, there is no apparent reason to label DJMX as a specific image. It may allow people to add more significant meanings to it after their deeper thinking in the future. It also allows to add individual locals and tourists memories and emotions to this historical area rather than to erase them by a single image.

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