Demonstration Project in Bapa Village of Guizhou: The Conservation and Development of Traditional Village in Mainland China

Background
Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture is located in the Southeast of Guizhou Province. As lots of traditional villages are scattered within its territory, it becomes one of the densest areas for Chinese traditional villages.

Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation has mobilized WZQ teams of Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology and Guizhou Normal University to conduct a series of investigations at traditional villages in Guizhou since June 2014. With its well preserved village landscape and traditional culture values, Bapa village has been chosen as the demonstration site. With full respect for the local tradition, culture and environment, the team will do participatory planning for Bapa village and explore a sustainable way to develop this village. Villagers will be considered as the main party to participate in the development process. With advices from our team, villagers will participate in the projects including culture heritage, economic development, environment protection, dwellings improvement and so on.

Location
Bapa Village, Gaozeng Township, Congjiang County, Guizhou Province

Project Teams
Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Guizhou Normal University, Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University etc.

Project Progress
June 2014 – September 2015
WZQ has carried out six preliminary investigations in Qiandongnan traditional villages together with Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Guizhou Normal University and Tamkang University. The team visited more than 20 villages in Liping County, Congjiang County and Leishan County, among which Ba Pa Village will be the focused one in the team’s future research. It’s expected to set up project planning team, which will start project design based on villagers’ needs and kick off related planning and construction work.

September 2015
With its well preserved village landscape and traditional culture values, Bapa village has been chosen as the demonstration site. The team did participatory community research in September 2015, investigating ecological space of village settlement, villagers’ lives etc., and consolidating issues found in this village.

December 2015
A series of investigations have been conducted by the teams with different professional background in December. The teams are working on a comprehensive working plan on preservation and development of Bapa village from the aspects of architecture, planning, human, economy, culture and so forth.

May 2016
In the past four months, Wu Zhi Qiao had mobilized the teams with professional backgrounds in architecture, planning, economics, public health etc. to conduct a series of participatory investigations in Bapa village, discussing with the local government and villagers on village planning. Based on the information collected, the teams are modifing the plans for further evaluation. Through conducting varied activities, including joining the town meetings and doing photography for the village and making Bapa village special edition calendar as gifts for the locals etc., our teams have gradually built closer connection with villagers.

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