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Challenges in Archaeological Tourism in China

Gao, Qian

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Worldwide archaeological tourism, or tourism to sites with archaeological significance, has been rapidly growing and has attracted increased academic attention in recent years. China is an outstanding case in this field. In fact, its government has been actively promoting tourism and archaeological tourism for the last three decades. The understanding of the challenges that Chinese archaeological tourism is currently facing is the focus of this article. Four aspects will guide the discussion: the dilemma between site preservation and economic profitability, unregulated tourism development, the influence of UNESCO World Heritage designation, and authorities’ sensitivity towards ethnic issues in archaeological tourism.


Gao, Q. (2016). Challenges in Archaeological Tourism in China. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 20(2), 422-436.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Mar 30, 2016
Publication Date 2016-06
Deposit Date Oct 13, 2021
Publicly Available Date Nov 2, 2022
Journal International Journal of Historical Archaeology
Print ISSN 1092-7697
Electronic ISSN 1573-7748
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 2
Pages 422-436


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