Qingyan Cultural Tourism Zone

China's Guizhou province

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Located in China's Guizhou province, the Qingyan Ancient Town is an ancient military garrison built over 600 years ago during the Ming Dynasty. This still preserved ancient walled town serves as both a home to local residents, as well as a popular regional tourist destination. Because of its success as a tourist destination the ancient town faced enormous pressure from outside interests to modernize and redevelop.

Brought in by a client seeking to balance the local interests of historical preservation and those hoping to inject capital into the region in order to generate investments for future economic growth, UI was asked to create a plan and business strategy to direct future growth while preserving the unique aspects of the ancient town.

Comprised of 740 acres (300 hectares), four zones are proposed related to the four historic gates of the town; a Culture and History District, a Nature District, a Creativity District, and a Lifestyle District which includes a major RD&E district along the axis of the main gate, creating a major focal point where guests and residents can gather. The wall itself becomes part of the backdrop for an evening Lighting Spectacular.