Tourism Mobilities through Time in China: A Developmental and Holistic Lens

Dan Wang, Ksenia Kirillova, Xinran Lehto

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Under the mobilities paradigm, a lens of tourism mobilities extends the scope of tourism studies in ontology and phenomenology. The observation of some limitations in the extant tourism mobilities literature leads to the design of a study to investigate the changing nature of tourism mobilities in a society from all three aspects of the phenomenon (i.e., movement, representation, and practice). Based on the principles of weak constructionism, this study adopted means of biographical grid in-depth interviews—a retrospective longitudinal mode of data collection—and biographic analytical framework to analyze and to chronicle mobilities in China. The findings offer a longitudinal (1950–present) and context-specific account of the evolving nature of tourism mobilities and their interrelationship with the macro-environment. This study enriches the conceptualization of tourism mobilities by providing empirical evidence for the developmental and holistic nature of tourism mobilities in China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1073-1090
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Travel Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020


  • biographical grid in-depth interviews
  • China
  • Chinese tourists
  • mobilities paradigm
  • retrospective longitudinal study
  • tourism mobilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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