Religious Space and Place in Modern China

Elizabeth Harvey

Abstract


This article looks at the intersection of modern Chinese and traditional Chinese sacred spaces through the analysis of two case studies: Yuyuan Garden and Tourist Area and Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area. The article lays out a brief history of religion in China, the effects of modernization and globalization in China, the creation of sacred space within China, and the role tourism has played in preserving sacred spaces. Furthermore, this article examines how both sites dealt with and continue to deal with the question of religion in China, and how each has been worked into the tourist industry of China, either through choice or design. By becoming a part of the tourist industry, these sites have gained renown and interest because of what they offer, and thus illustrate that the blending of the sacred with the secular can be positive, especially within the context of modern China.


Keywords


China; modernization in China; globalization of China; Durkheim's definition of sacred; sacred space; tourist attractions; tourism; Yuyuan Garden and Tourist Area; Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area

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