SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2017, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (7): 1069-1079.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2017.07.012

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River Tourism: Origin, Connotation and Research System: An Ontological Interpretation

Jie Bao1(), Lin Lu2   

  1. 1. School of Business, Anhui University, Hefei 230601, Anhui, China
    2. College of Territorial Resources and Tourism, Wuhu 241000, Anhui, China
  • Online:2017-07-20 Published:2017-07-20
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Sciences Foundation of China (41230631)


This article sets up the concept and connotation of river tourism from the perspective of the complexity of tourism and regional system. It analyzed three tradition, including aesthetic and gardening tradition, humanism and post industrialization tradition and pilgrimage tradition, and it also researched the significance to the present study of three tradition on the basis of clarifying the tradition of its origin. In fact, these tradition has not been lost in the concept of modern tourism and the health and entertainment function of the river is more and more important, and the river itself is endowed with great religious significance under the cultural background of the river basin as the source of civilization. The most important thing of this article is to come up with two conceptual systems, and the first continuous concepts from four dimensions are constructed according to the form degree of the use of the main body of the river from the perspective of ontology, including completely close, partial close, partial alienation and complete alienation on the basis of the main factors and their interactions of river tourism usage, and the second constituted continuity concepts of four dimensions include non-intervention (natural rivers), weak intervention, strong intervention and totally intervention (artificial river) from the degree of artificial intervention to the object of the river. As a result, it built the main conceptual system of river tourism. The connotation of river tourism can be explained deeply when the two conceptual systems are folded. In essence, river tourism is the same as other forms of tourism activities, which can be regarded as the interaction and co-construction process of tourism subject and tourist object (river tourism land) in a certain time and space. Then the article found that in the context of postmodern or post industrialization, the construction of river research system should be based on the subjective experience and the regional system, and this result should be in the conceptual system which the research sets up. The purpose of the article is to explore the way of participating in the river tourism based on different experience types, to analyze "process-structure-mechanism" of development evolution of river tourism system, to pay close attention to the transformation and influence of river utilization mode under the dominance of recreation and entertainment functions, and to focus on the status of recreational activities in the integrated development of the river basin. Also this research content system combing with traditional regional research can be used to clarify methodology and technical means deeply.

Key words: river tourism, ontology, conceptual continuum, human-environment (river) relationship

CLC Number: 

  • K902