Hong Kong as a supranational destination for Chinese tourists

Robert Douglas McKercher, Ran Zhang

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This paper examines how travel between China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is a function of the constitutional arrangement negotiated between China and Britain, leading up to the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. The Joint Sino-British Agreement allowed ‘Hong Kong, China’ to function as a separate customs territory and, importantly, to retain membership in the World Trade Organization (W.T.O.). As such, China has had to negotiate a series of trade arrangements in accordance with W.T.O. regulations. From a tourism perspective, Hong Kong has become a supranational destination for Chinese tourists that functions as an ‘independent’ sub-state of China. The paper then examines empirically the impact this relationship has had on tourist flows and subsequent tourist behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-192
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of China Tourism Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2017


  • free trade
  • Hong Kong
  • One Country, Two Systems
  • the Basic Law

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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