Review on the development of tourist geography in China
1999, 18 (4):
Tourist geography, a study which meets the need of the development of tourism, is the product of geography change and the result of geography's interrelating with the studies of tourism, gardening, architecture, etc. The course and progresses of Chinese tourist geography can be divided into three stages: formation, rapid development and intensive development stage. The main ideas and technology innovations of each stage were also summarized respectively in the paper. In the primary stage, tourist geography mostly focuses on the tourism resources, marketing evaluation and development planning. In the rapid development stage, there are great progresses in tourism physical planning. In the intensive development stage, the methods and models of other science fields were quoted to the practice of tourist geography. In recent years, the approaches of tourist geography have been studied in-depth. The theories and methods of main fields of tourist geography including tourism resources, tourism destination, tourist behavior and tourist market, tourism planning, tourism carrying capacity, ecotourism and technology innovation, have been summarized by numbers too. The paper also elaborates the development of education of tourist geography in China. Although tourist geography started late in China, the speed of development has been fast. Chinese tourist geographers have performed much in the field of tourism practice, and devoted much to the development of tourism industry. But there are still some problems and a lack of systematic research on its theory. The paper, finally, concludes three experience of developing tourist geography in China.
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