Let us see if we can let you HEAR a bullet train:

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Now, let us try a market place by a temple:

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Cultural Landscape: In the almost simplest terms possible, is anything that humans add or do the physical landscape.

This can be the designation of a park or the erection of a large-scale city. It could also be the style of street signs, or the location of a NASA launch pad.

Cultural landscapes are used to identify a place as well as to identify the culture of a place.
This is usually done visually, but a cultural landscape can affect the other senses as well.
For example, if a train station is nearby, one may occasionally feel the ground tremble as locomotives buzz past.
If you live near a textile factory, or a shipping port, you may be able to smell the scent of smoke in the air.
Those who live near a restaurant or bakery might get to taste part of the cultural landscape if free samples are often given away on the sidewalk.

Cultural landscapes identify the culture of a place by showing 1) style, 2) needs, 3) technology, and 4) other cultural elements such as religion, occupation, and language.

Examples of style include housing-types: ranch versus Victorian.
Needs include bridges: large-scale or temporary.
Technology includes vehicles: what year of car is most common?
Other cultural elements may focus on the number of and variations in school buildings in an area.

Again, the cultural landscape is the human element of a landscape.

According to our AP book, the cultural landscape is the imprint of cultures on the land; creates distinct and characteristic cultural landscapes.


The cultural landscape of East Asia is varied: There are booming cities, crashing slums, buzzing docks, growing fields, and mobile mountain communities. In East Asia's case, the cultural traits and pictures best describe the wide variance in the economic, political, and social state of the region.

Cultural Traits:

The existence of large western-like cities authenticates the thought that Asia is not only trying to become modern, but is very modern.
The existence of many fish markets proves that some East Asians still consume a lot of fish.
The presence of large factories lets us know that East Asia is producing a large amount of goods.
The presence of schools suggests that education is important.
The presence of Olympic signs and goods in China lets us know that China has big plans for the 2008 Olympics.
The large number of temples and shrines shows the strength of religion and history in an area.