The second China ports Network workshop --‘Balancing the Marine Economy and Conservation in Chinese port cities’ -- was held at the China Port Museum in Ningbo on 15 September 2017. The workshop included 8 presentations from academics, museum curators, and city planning professionals from China and the United Kingdom. Topics ranged from the uses of historical records and archaeological remains in planning for flood prevention in Chinese cities today, to the current state of maritime heritage preservation in China. A number of the papers also touched upon the potential of museums and new digital technologies in presenting China’s maritime past to the public, while others analysed current debates about the significance of treaty port era architectural heritage in modern China.
As well as presenters, a number of participants from universities, museums and government agencies around China and from abroad were also present. This provided ample opportunity for discussion on a number of issues, and comparisons of different approaches adopted in the UK and China towards common challenges that many communities in port cities now face.
The network acknowledges the kind support of the China Port Museum (Ningbo) for hosting the September event. It also acknowledges the support of the Beilun District Government for its support.
The workshop was covered in the Chinese press and on local television.
Dr Jeremy Taylor (University of Nottingham) hosting events.
Professor Eugene Ch'ng (University of Nottingham, Ningbo Campus), talking on 'Strategies for Aligning Historic Port Development to China's 13th Five-Year Plan.'
Dr Feng Yi (Director of the China Port Museum) presenting his paper on 'museums and the reconstruction of coastal cultural landscapes.'