Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2011, Vol. 66 ›› Issue (10): 1427-1437.doi: 10.11821/xb201110012

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The Tourism Spatial Pattern Evolution of the Pearl River Delta

CHEN Hao1,2, LU Lin1, ZHENG Shanting3   

  1. 1. College of Territorial Resources and Tourism, Anhui Normal University, Center for Tourism Planning and Research, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu 241003, China;
    2. Tourism Management Department, Anhui Agriculture University, Hefei 230036, China;
    3. Tourism Department, Hefei University, Hefei 230601, China
  • Received:2011-04-19 Revised:2011-08-10 Online:2011-10-20 Published:2011-10-20
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40771059

Abstract: Evolution of tourism can sort out the context of tourism development, and search a certain regularity of tourism development. The article focuses on the evolution of tourism destinations in the Pearl River Delta since the reform and opening up started in the late 1970s. The paper, taking 1980, 1987, 1999 and 2008 as the four time sections, uses two indexes of the node development and traffic connection to examine the urban agglomeration tourism spatial evolution, and the urban tourism development to reflect the evolution of city node, and the road traffic between cities to reflect the evolution of cities connected. The development of urban tourism nodes are reflected by building models of performance indicators, and the inter-city road transport links of region are reflected by road transport accessibility and the road transport traffic. The article points out that the tourism spatial pattern of the Pearl River Delta has undergone tremendous changes since the early 1980s. The most important reflection is the Guangzhou-centered unipolar world into Guangzhou and Shenzhen as the two centers of the Pearl River Delta. The cities of the Pearl River Delta have witnessed a rapid development of tourism industry, inter-city road transport links and overall operating efficiency, but the development is spatially unbalanced, and there is a big difference between the east and west sides of the Pearl River estuary. With the construction of the bridge linking Hong Kong, Macao, and Zhuhai, as well as the building of inter-city rail transit, the tourism spatial pattern of the Pearl River Delta urban agglomeration will bring a revolutionary change in spatial patterns, and the regional space network system will be more perfect.

Key words: urban agglomerations, tourism spatial pattern, evolution, the Pearl River Delta