General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Tourism Geography Of China
Language English
Module lecturer mgr Qihang Qiu
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Lecturer
Faculty Faculty of Human Geography and Planning
Semester 2022/2023 (summer)
Duration 30


Timetable 10/10, 17/10, 24/20, 7/11, 14/11, 21/11, 28/11, 5/12, 12/12 (can be modified later)

Module aim (aims)

China has a vast territory, a large population, and rich terrain and climate types. Therefore, the development of tourism is complex and has potential. First of all, this course aims to increase students' knowledge of China's natural resources, national culture, topography, climate, etc. Besides, this course intends to broaden students' horizons and have a more objective and comprehensive image of China's tourism geography, so as to better understand some of China's decision-making including tourism resource development, tourism economic policy, and external publicity.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Language skill of English; Open mind and critical thinking ability



  1. Major provinces and cities in China and their characteristics
  2. China's topography and climate
  3. China's tourism traffic
  4. Distribution of natural tourism resources in China
  5. Cultural Tourism: Ethnic Customs
  6. Cultural tourism: Food
  7. Holidays and scenic overload in China
  8. Chinese Characteristics: The Role of Tourism in Poverty Alleviation and Economic Development
  9. Problems in China's tourism industry

Reading list

  1. Chris , Gu H. Tourism in China: Destination, cultures and communities[M]. Routledge, 2009.
  2. Bao J, Ma L J C. Tourism geography in China, 1978-2008: Whence, what and whither?[J]. Progress in Human Geography, 2011, 35(1): 3-20.
  3. He S. Evolving enclave urbanism in China and its socio-spatial implications: The case of Guangzhou[J]. Social & Cultural Geography, 2013, 14(3): 243-275.
  4. Simoons F J. Food in China: a cultural and historical inquiry[M]. crc Press, 2014.