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An Analysis of Composite Sceneries of Chinese Attractions in the Vision of Tourism Geography

  • Institute of Urban and Environment Science, Shanxi Normal University, Linfen 041004, China

Received date: 2008-10-29

  Revised date: 2009-03-23

  Online published: 2009-06-25


Composite sceneries of Chinese attractions can be found in 34 provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities and SARs). The number of each scenery ranges from 3 to 108. A total of 2395 composite sceneries were collected for the study. These sceneries are mainly named even-number characters, and four-character sceneries are particularly prominent, accounting for 99% of the total. The "eight sceneries" occupy an important position, accounting for 64.80%. Composite sceneries can be classified into two types: natural and human scenes. The names of composite sceneries have the structural characteristics: dynamic and static unity, temporal and spatial unity, illusive and actual unity and subjective and objective unity. The ways of structuring words have two main types: the type of noun/modifier-core phrase + modifier-core phrase and the type of noun/verb-object phrase + verb-object phrase. The names of composite sceneries have many artistic characteristics, such as using elegant words, describe vividly, using verbs to name some actual static things and pointing out the things, cores. Generally speaking, composite sceneries have their unique characteristics, such as changing with times, and serving as tour guides as well as a mixture of elements and so on. Composite sceneries can give useful enlightenment to the study of the tourism geography.

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JIA Wenyu . An Analysis of Composite Sceneries of Chinese Attractions in the Vision of Tourism Geography[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2009 , 64(6) : 745 -752 . DOI: 10.11821/xb200906011


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