Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2007, Vol. 62 ›› Issue (6): 599-608.doi: 10.11821/xb200706005

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The Characteristics of Natur al Scenery Sightseers' Sense of Place: A Case Study of Jiuzhaigou,Sichuan

TANG Wenyue1,2, ZHANG Jie1, LUO Hao1, YANG Xiaozhong1,3, LI Donghe1,4   

  1. 1. Department of Land Resources and Tourism Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China;
    2. School of Tourism Management, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, Nanchang 330013, China;
    3. College of National Territorial Resources and Tourism, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu 241000, Anhui, China;
    4. Department of Tourism Management, Anhui University, Hefei 230039, China
  • Received:2006-12-04 Revised:2007-02-26 Online:2007-06-25 Published:2007-06-25
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China. No.40371030


Sense of place is an important research field of humanistic geography in man-land relationship research. Travel and sightseeing is a significant way of perceiving and understanding environments and tourist's sense of place is the outcome of interaction between tourist and destination environment. By constructing model of tourist's sense of place, a case study of Jiuzhaigou shows that (1) differences exist among four dimensions of tourist's sense of place, namely natural scenery, social cultural setting, tourism function, and affectional attachment; (2) natural scenery of Jiuzhaigou is valued unanimously by tourists, which is the primary cause of tourists' affectional attachment to Jiuzhaigou; (3) social cultural settings of Jiuzhaigou is low-valued relatively, which affects tourists' experiential evaluation of tourism environment and function; (4) tourists endow Jiuzhaigou with more meanings of natural scenery sightseeing and aesthetic value than meanings of folk-custom culture experience and historical value, the place particularity of "Tibetan village" is not identified enough by tourists; and (5) significant differences of perception and experiential evaluation occur in Tibetan social customs, local culture, tourism service, sightseeing order and atmosphere. Its implication in planning and management of natural resources and tourist destination is also discussed.

Key words: natural scenery sightseeing place, tourist, sense of place, Jiuzhaigou