Cultural tourism, ceremony and the state in China

YAN, H. and BRAMWELL, B. (2008). Cultural tourism, ceremony and the state in China. Annals of tourism research, 35 (4), 969-989.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2008.09.004
Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.annals.2008.09.004

Abstract

The state is uniquely placed to determine how cultural heritage is used for tourism. Yet, even in highly centralized regimes, at times the central state is likely to respond to societal pressures and local government initiative in order to maintain its political hegemony. The paper explores the changing attitudes of China’s Communist Party-led national government toward cultural heritage and Confucianism, and the consequences of that shift for tourism and a Confucian ceremony at Qufu World Heritage Site. A gradual acceptance by central government of tourism and traditional cultural activities at the site is related to growing tensions and instabilities in Chinese society and to a slow decentralization of government policymaking.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Tourism, Hospitality and Events Research
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.annals.2008.09.004
Depositing User: Sarah Ward
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2010 16:22
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2010 16:54
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1062

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