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Chengtoushan National Archaeological Park Wins WAF World Landscape Award

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The World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards ceremony was held in Berlin, Germany on November 18, 2017 (Beijing Time).

The Chengtoushan National Archaeological Park in Lixian County, Changde City has received the title of World Landscape of the Year 2017 at the WAF. The park has transformed from an archeological site into a scenic spot through technological innovation, creativity, and environmental protection efforts.

The project was designed by Peking University Professor Yu Kongjian and his Turenscape team.

The WAF is the world’s largest, live, inclusive and interactive global architectural event.

Chengtoushan is the site of the earliest city in China and the place where rice was first cultivated. It is included in the national cultural relic protection site list.

The archeological site has been maintained with minimal changes, except for a route designed to enable visitors to interpret the environment. Turenscape created an ecological recovery through the use of diverse wetland plants, and patches of trees was implemented for the land beyond the moat surrounding the circular urban core. The main part of the park outside of the protected core was reclaimed into agricultural fields, and turned into an outdoor museum of rice. A network of pathways weave through the paddy fields, with a glass bridge lifting tourists four meters above the dig site to provide an ideal vantage point for photographs. The glazed bridge and walkways with slatted balustrades are designed to ensure sunlight permeates to the crops below, where tourists can also observe farmers at work. (Source:;

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Translator: Xiao Juan

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