The boom in tourism to and within China is quite a recent phenomenon. China is now among the leading international tourist destinations, and demand for domestic tourism is rapidly increasing. This study examines the role of tourism in the local economic development in different areas of China, and identifies the decisive factors in determining the success or failure of tourism-oriented development strategy at the local level. The author juxtaposes case studies of Guilin, a domestic and international tourist destination in a less developed local area, Suzhou, also both a domestic and international destination but in a more mature local economy, and lastly Beidaihe, a mainly domestic tourist destination.
'A well-written book about China's three most popular tourism destinations; and the changes that they have undergone since the reforms. The data is well presented and gives a comprehensive illustration of the various impacts of both international and domestic tourism at the local economy level This book offers valuable insights into the local communities that have been affected by China's open-door policy since 1978 a welcome addition to tourism studies of contemporary China.' - Sidney Cheung, China Perspectives