Current state of China tourism research

Yiu Chung Leung, Gang Li, Lawrence Hoc Nang Fong, Chun Hung Roberts Law, Sau Yee Ada Lo

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Along with the tremendous growth of tourism development in China after its successful hosting of two international mega-events (i.e. the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games), a modest body of academic research on tourism in China has been developed since the start of the second decade of the new millennium. To supplement the continuous development of China's tourism industry, this study presents a review of 147 research articles from tourism journals during the period 2010-2012. Through content analysis, the empirical findings indicate that tourist behaviour and experience was the most researched theme, followed by culture and heritage studies. The trend of research collaboration, particularly international collaboration, was evident among the analysed studies. This study also presents the diversity in recent research in the realm of tourism in China in terms of research context, geographical coverage, data collection and analysis method, and institutional contribution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679-704
Number of pages26
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • China tourism
  • content analysis
  • tourism research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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