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Niuheliang

From dayizhi to parkization in a rural area
ByHaiming Yan, Jianli Yu, Luca Zan

This chapter discusses the shift from institutional establishment and a more "usual" approach to a presentation and interpretation approach marks an internal change of focus within the dayizhi policy. It should also be noted that 2008, was the most critical year for Niuheliang's fate. The relocation of residents reflects a common aspect for heritage projects all over China – given threats to conservation from human processes, there is always an attempt to make archaeological sites free from humans, or at least to remove residents from within the site. The Management Office of Niuheliang Site was responsible for the daily conservation and administration of the site, and the patrol system was founded to guard and inspect the site 24 hours a day. Despite the reference to socioeconomic aspects of the dayizhi policy, the parkization at Niuheliang has generated social dissonance among the villagers, mainly due to a decline in their economic status, and the disruption to their daily life.