Cultural Tourism In China

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Introduction
Tourism is a social, cultural and economic phenomenon. It’s the movement of people to countries or places outside their usual environment for personal, business or professional purposes. They are called visitors (which may be either tourists or excursionists; residents or non-residents) and tourism has to do with their activities, many of which involve tourism expenditure (UNWTO, 2014).
Tourism affects the environment, economy and the local people. So, it’s mandatory to have a proper development planning, enhancement of management and enforcing of a standard monitoring system for this sector.
Overview of China’s Tourism Industry
The People’s Republic of China is a country mainly located in East Asia, with the largest population
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Some of its important Sites include the City Wall, its First Emperor 's Tomb, Shaanxi Museum, and the Stele Museum Forest.

Cultural Tourism
Culture stands for the lifestyle, heritage, industrial activity, arts and architecture, religion and history of a specific geographical area. Cultural tourism covers products which authentically reflect the culture of the destination (e.g. lifestyle, heritage and industrial activity) and visitors who seek an understanding of that culture (Strategies for Growth, 1995).
The Culture of China is one of the world’s oldest ones. Some of the most important parts of Chinese culture are their Ceramics, Martial Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Cuisine, Religion, Historical and Heritage sites etc. China has a total of Forty Seven (47) most noteworthy sites inscribed on the UNESCO’s list of the World Heritage. Out which Thirty Three (33) are Cultural Sites, Ten (10) are Natural Sites and Four (4) are Mixed site-both cultural and natural.
The Mixed (Both Natural and Cultural) Sites: places in the list include the Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area, Mount Taishan, Mount Wuyi and the Mount Huangshan.
Cultural Sites
Some of the most famous cultural tourism spots in China
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It is about 8,851.8 km long, spread across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus. (Travel China Guide, 2014).
Wide and Narrow Alley (Kuanzhai Xiangzi): Nowadays, Wide and Narrow Alley is a popular entertainment and nightlife place, with lots of restaurants, bars, tea-houses, and marts selling featured mementos. (Travel China Guide, 2014)
Jinli Street: Famous for its traditional-style buildings and local snacks. Also has many modern cafes and alcohol-bars, including Starbucks. The street is a spectacular place to experience an ancient town in a modern world. (Travel China Guide, 2014)
The Museum of Jinsha Site: It has a Relics Hall, Exhibition Hall, Cultural Heritage Protection Center and Ecological Garden. It’s for the Protection, Research and display of the archaeological findings of Jinsha archaeological Site, discovered in Feb 2001. (Travel China Guide, 2014)
Sanxingdui Museum: It is near the Three-Star Piles archeological site and the cultural city of Guanghan, on the bank of Jian River. It is an archeological museum with excellent modern facilities. (Travel China Guide, 2014)
There are numerous other sites as well that have been notable for their tourist attraction offerings and depiction of the Chinese

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