Resilience of Linpan Cultural Landscape and Its Response to Major Public Health Events
Abstract: The rapid expansion of Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (COVID-19) is incurring the rethinking on the capacity building in responding and mitigating the impacts of major public health events in every field or industry. For urban and rural planning and development, the traditional concepts and visions should also be reviewed accordingly. Linpan (wooded lot), as a unique agricultural cultural landscape or socio-ecological system distributed on the Chengdu Plain in Sichuan Province, with its dispersed spatial pattern, has sustained the resilience for many centuries in facing external pressures or shocks, and supported the long-term prosperity of "The Land of Heavenly Abundance". Based on the analysis of spatial pattern of Linpan and the functions of rural periodic markets as the socio-economic nexus in the landscape, this study suggested that the spatial interval of Linpan settlements should be maintained in the future development planning, and enough attentions be paid to the role of rural grass-root communities played in controlling and defensing epidemic diseases. It is hoped that these traditional knowledge or eco-wisdom could be integrated into the national program of rural revitalization, in order to enhance the resilient capacity of rural landscape against external shocks or hazards, and contribute to the sustainable development in Chengdu Plain.