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Review on the Development of Rural Tourism in China

  • Institution of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China

Received date: 2010-03-01

  Revised date: 2010-07-01

  Online published: 2010-12-25


Rural tourism is such a new industry which combines primary industry with tertiary industry. Rural tourism is based on agriculture, aiming at developing tourism in rural area and serving the urban residents by providing various services. Rural tourism can develop landscape resources in rurban fringe to promote eco-tourism and to realize the coordinated development of the cities and countryside. In China, rural tourism successively experiences three stages, eg. early rising stage, initial development stage and later normative operating stage. This paper, based on the background and the concept of rural tourism, comprehensively discusses the development of rural tourism in China, analyzes the current situations and the main patterns of rural tourism, and puts forward some relevant countermeasures for the current problems. Finally, the paper discusses the prospect of the future sustainable development of rural tourism in China.

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GUO Huancheng, HAN Fei . Review on the Development of Rural Tourism in China[J]. PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY, 2010 , 29(12) : 1597 -1605 . DOI: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2010.12.018


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