GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 2009, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (1): 246-258.doi: 10.11821/yj2009010026

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An analysis of accessibility of scenic spots based on land traffic network:A case study of Nanjing

JIN Cheng, LU Yu-qi, ZHANG Li, XU Jing   

  1. College of Geographical Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210046, China
  • Received:2008-02-12 Revised:2008-06-23 Published:2010-11-20
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The study of the spatial structure of city tourism is receiving increasing attention but methodology so far has used qualitative rather than quantitative methods. This paper applies an accessibility and analysis information system based on calculations of optimal road routes and times to scenic spots in Nanjing. This enabled the construction of time contour, diffusion and service range maps and diagrams. The study found that over 80% of the region had access to Nanjing's scenic spots in less than 40 minutes. However, downtown scenic spots were found to be much more accessible than those on the periphery of the city. At county level, accessibility to the city's downtown scenic spots shows a concentric pattern. Due to the disparities in intra-regional accessibility, the paper suggests the development of scenic spots in a recreational belt around the city to optimize their spatial distribution, particularly in Liuhe, Pukou, and Jiangning districts.

Key words: road networks, scenic spots, accessibility, downtown areas in Nanjing