PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2011, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (10): 1321-1328.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2011.10.015

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Tourism Spatial Model Study Based on the Gradient Difference of River Basin and Tourism Development in the Xijiang Economic Belt of Guangxi

WEI Zhichao1,2, NIU Yafei1, CHEN Tian1   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2011-01-01 Revised:2011-05-01 Online:2011-10-25 Published:2011-10-25

Abstract: River basin is not only an ordered physical geographical space but also an inner closely-related social economic space, which made river basin an important district unit of regional development. In river basin development, the status of tourism is elevating and tourism proves to be the upgrading industry. This paper obtained the tourism development rule of river basin by reviewing the academic research and the practical development in the river basin. And then the paper, based on the gradient difference of river basin and six pieces of assumptions, built the ideal tourism spatial model by focusing on the tourism supply and demand structure. After that, we considered how the urban spatial structure affected the ideal tourism spatial model and built the tourism spatial model considering the effects of the urban areas. The main method to construct the tourism spatial model is deduction. Finally, we analyzed the tourism supply and demand structure of the Xijiang Economic Belt, and we found that the tourism supply abided by the assumption while the tourism demand showed a U-shaped structure. The appearence of cities in the upper and middle parts of the river basin accelerated the tourism development in the upper part of the Xijiang Economic Belt. In the near future, the middle and lower parts have the endogenic demand force in the Xijiang Economic Belt. In the study to complete the tourism spatial model of river basin will focus on ecological environment capacity, availability of tourist attractions and the key forces outside the river basin.

Key words: gradient difference, Guangxi, river basin, tourism spatial model, tourism spatial structure, Xijiang economic belt