TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2016, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (2): 216-224.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.002823

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Influence of Tourism Development on Traditional Local Culture Preservation: Based on the Field Work in Hongcun, Chengkan and Xucun Villages

KONG Xiang,ZHUO Fangyong,MIAO Changsong   

  1. (The Center for Modern Chinese City Studies & The Center for Innovation and Strategic Studies, East China Normal University,Shanghai 200241,China)
  • Online:2016-03-31 Published:2016-03-31

Abstract: With the development of tourism, the residents play the role of the local culture inheritors, and their cultural identity of the inheritors will have a special and important value to traditional local culture protection. Since the development of tourism may affect the income and lifestyle of residents in ancient villages, it has profound impact on the residents’ cultural identity. On the basis of field work in Hongcun, Chengkan and Xucun in Huizhou, this thesis preliminarily tested the internal connection between tourism, residents’ cultural identity and the preservation of traditional local culture. It shows that, if the development of tourism may increase the residents’ income and provide more chance to strengthen their cultural self-confidence, it may improve residents’ cultural identity and protect consciousness on ancient village. Therefore, there may be significant differences in the influence of tourism development on culture preservation, and the unreasonable development of tourism may lead to huge challenges for the protection of cultural resources of the ancient villages.

Key words: cultural identity, preservation of traditional local culture, tourism development, residents, ancient Huizhou Villages