Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 392

Full Length Research Paper

Research on sustainable tourism development of a Leisure City – The case of Changsha

  Yong-gang An 1*, Xiao-yan Ma1, Ge Chen1, Kai Huang1, he-ping Zhang 2 and Pei-tao Yang2        
  1Institute of Landscape, Beijing University of Agriculture, P.R. China, 102206. 2Graduate Faculty, Life Science and Technology College, Central South University of Forestry and Technology, P.R. China, 410004.
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  •  Accepted: 11 June 2012
  •  Published: 30 December 2012



Under the global trend of low-carbon economy, the sustainable development of tourism is very important for the adjustment of economic structure, regional economic development promotion, and improvement of city taste, community environment and conditions of public service facilities. More and more leisure cities consider their own tourism products as the best, which is becoming the comprehensive industrial complex market to meet the leisure consumption of foreign tourists and local residents. The state council clearly takes Chang-Zhu-Tan area as a “two-type” demonstration area. All society circles advocate establishment of the concept of ecological civilization; to develop tourism rapidly and healthily which is the objective and direction of Changsha, and their goal is to create “the central leisure capital”. Changsha is a leisure city in middle China that has her own main background resources for tourism development, such as long-depth history and cultural tradition, and their characteristic mountains, water, continents, and city landscape. And also urban residents have good recreational traditions. The tourism industry developed together with the leisure industry, and has now formed the economic structure and industrial clusters of main tourism, entertainment, service and cultural industries. Consequently, it is a practical issue to make the comprehensive study on sustainable development of tourism by using the landscape ecology theory, which also is a breakthrough to predict the future development.


Key words: Leisure City, tourism, sustainable, landscape ecology, region force.