Xishuangbanna in Southwest China

a fantasized place and the lived experience of the place

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Motivated by representations in popular culture, millions of tourists travel to
Xishuangbanna in Southwest China to consume a place of an imagined exotic past. The study investigates the changes in the capital city Jing Hong and Dai Ethnic Park under the influence of tourism. It argues that despite of the rapid changes of the place, there is the close connection between the culture favoured and produced by the local people and the material transformations of the place. Different social actors will make meaning of this fantasized place rather than discover it as a fixed entity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-36
Number of pages14
JournalTraditional Dwellings and Settlements Review
Volume228
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2011
EventInternational Association for the study of Traditional Environments: Regeneration, Renewal and Planning, Traditional Dwellings and Settlement - American University of Beirut , Beirut, Lebanon
Duration: 15 Dec 201118 Dec 2011

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Xishuangbanna in Southwest China : a fantasized place and the lived experience of the place. / Gao, Yun.

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