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Title: Ecotourism, protected areas, and globalization: issues and prospects in China
Authors: Deng, J
Bauer, T
Huang, Y
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Institut Teknologi Nasional Bandung
Source: ASEAN journal on hospitality and tourism, 2003, v. 2, no. 1, p. 17-32 How to cite?
Journal: ASEAN journal on hospitality and tourism 
Abstract: National parks and other protected areas worldwide have become the popular destinations for nature tourism and ecotourism. Although there is no universal agreement as to how ecotourism should be conceptualized or defined, it is widely recognized that conservation is a key element. While the majority of the literature has examined the term 'ecotourism' conceptually and philosophically, few studies have investigated China, which could be one of the countries that embraced the ideas implied by ecotourism in the early history. This paper argues that leisure/tourism pursuits as reflected by Chinese culture could be more likely categorized as ecotourism than is the case in Western society. However, protected areas in China are not without problems. To this end, the management patterns, roles and functions, issues and prospects of the protected areas in China are examined. This paper provides an opportunity for readers (especially those outside China) to become more familiar with the country's protected areas.
ISSN: 1412-2073
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