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Master plan for Yuanmingyuan in the app, with red lines showing pre-defined visitor route  

Master plan for Yuanmingyuan in the app, with red lines showing pre-defined visitor route  

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Heritage documentation and representation is now a growing concern in the contemporary world, with unprecedentedly rapid technological development that pushes the frontier further every day. This ever growing means benefits both professionals and the general public, and the two can now be connected by this virtual bridge that channels heritage info...

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... will first see the master plan with pre-defined route in red. (Figure 2) Before entering, they can look at the site information and choose an optimum travel route that includes all the interesting scenic spots to visit. Once on their way, GPS will guide visitors by showing the real time location with a red dot on the route of the intelligent map. ...

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... Fritz et al. [8] described the development process of an interactive visualization system, based on Augmented Reality Technologies, and its integration into a tourist application in the PRISMA project. Another project under 'Re-yuangmingyuan program' has been developed by Gongli et al. [9] for the reconstruction and representation of an imperial garden in Beijing. Mobile LBS (Location-Based Service) services have been used here based on iOS platform. ...
... Framework for the proposed mobile application (adapted from Gongli et al[9]. ...
... Considering the popularity of cultural tourism and availability of digital devices and mobile internet, public contribution, combined with an increasing interest in heritage conservation, is playing a vital role in contemporary heritage conservation. Smart phones are proved to be effective for youth participation in heritage conservation (Poong Y.S., 2013), mobile tablets can be useful in representing perished heritage to the public (Gongli, L., 2013), and cultural heritage can be reconstructed from open access photographs (Marinos I., 2013). Such studies are brings new possibilities for cultural heritage. ...
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