Is commercialisation avoidable? Huangshan city is a small city in Anhui Province. It has an ‘Old Street’ which has been preserved and converted into a commercial shopping street for mostly tourists. This model has been very much copied all over the country – are there any alternative ways of development?
Hong Village is a rural village in Anhui Province. The relationship with landscape (water, mountaints) is exemplified in this protected UNESCO site.
The village still functions as a working village but commercialisation is slowly taking over. Many new commercial buildings are sprouting out nearby that copies, unsuccessfully, the old spaces and spatial relationships.