Chapter 1: Introduction to the Handbook on Tourism and China
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This chapter opens the Handbook by providing contextual background and discussions on tourism and China, which serve as dual contexts from which to understand the many issues covered in the book. It offers a critical perspective on tourism as a distinct field of knowledge as well as a research context. At the same time, it argues that China offers a rich context for tourism research and knowledge creation. This chapter also provides an overview of the tourism subject areas examined in China by Chinese tourism researchers. In addition, some tourism-related discourses in China are discussed in order to prepare readers to better understand issues in the following chapters. These include change of government perceptions toward tourism, China’s urbanization and social transformation, and its national strategy of rural revitalization.

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