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The social and cultural impact of tourism development on world heritage sites: a case of the Old Town of Lijiang, China, 2000-2004

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Title: The social and cultural impact of tourism development on world heritage sites: a case of the Old Town of Lijiang, China, 2000-2004
Authors: Yamamura, T.1 Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Zhang, T. X. Browse this author
Fujiki, Y. Browse this author
Authors(alt): 山村, 高淑1
Authors(alt): Yamamura, Takayoshi1
Keywords: indigenous society
World Heritage Site
Lijiang
China
social impact of tourism
migration of population
Issue Date: Aug-2006
Publisher: Wit Press
Citation: Sustainable Tourism II
Journal Title: WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment
Volume: 97
Start Page: 117
End Page: 126
Publisher DOI: 10.2495/ST060111
Abstract: The objective of this paper is to clarify the spatial and social impact on a city caused by its being registered as a World Heritage Site and its transformation into a tourist destination. As part of an investigation of the problems related to rapid development of tourism and its pressures on World Heritage Sites, this study attempted to clarify the issues facing the tourist industry at the Old Town of Lijiang, Yunnan Province, China, a World Heritage Site, by focusing on the tourist shops there and comparing these data as of 2004 with previous data as of 2000. The ways in which both the existing indigenous society (a minority known as the Naxis) and the majority peoples, temporary residents, engage in commercial tourism-related activities were examined. As a result, it was found that, in recent years, the usage of historic buildings has drastically changed. At present, over 90% of shops are tourist-oriented souvenir shops and restaurants. Furthermore, over 50% of shopkeepers are temporary residents, mainly Han Chinese, with a large majority renting rooms from indigenous owners. These findings suggest that the location of the residences of the indigenous minority and its culture are rapidly changing as tourism develops.
Rights: © 2006 WIT Press
Relation: http://www.witpress.com/
Type: proceedings
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2115/35628
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