Understanding Chinese girlfriend getaways: an interdependence perspective

Xiaolian Chen, Barry Mak

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The Chinese word guimi refers to a female's best same-sex friend. The guimi holiday of Chinese women, as a sub-segment of girlfriend getaways, has not yet been well addressed in the existing literature. This study extends interdependence theory, a social psychological theoretical framework for examining dyads and small groups, to the study of Chinese female tourists undertaking girlfriend getaways. The findings from 35 travel blogs reveal that Chinese girlfriend getaways demonstrate two types of power relations: power over and power to. The blogs exemplify four types of mutual dependence: skill, time, knowledge, and psychological dependence; as well as three types of conflict: cognitive, process-related, and relationship-related conflict.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102878
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • Chinese girlfriend getaways
  • Dyads
  • Guimi
  • Interdependence theory
  • Travel blogs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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