Tourism Representations of Chinese Cosmology

The Case of Feng Shui Tourism

Christine Buzinde, Youngjoon Choi, Alex Yasong Wang

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Abstract

This paper contributes to the ongoing dialogue on social spatialization by examining how the divinatory practice and philosophy of . feng shui is articulated within tourism discourses; specifically, within brochures promoting . feng shui tours for Western tourists. Utilizing content analysis, the findings indicate that . feng shui tourism landscapes are depicted as exoteric spaces of consumption through which tourists are existentially transformed. Furthermore, . feng shui tours are framed as pedagogic experiences in which the roles of the tourist and the guide are redefined as student and international pedagogue, respectively, to counteract perceptions of . feng shui as irrational and/or superstitious. Such findings demonstrate ways in which this contested divinatory practice of the periphery is edged to the center vis-à-vis tourism discourses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)975-996
Number of pages22
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • China
  • Feng shui landscapes
  • Indigenous cosmologies
  • Spatial embodiment
  • Spatialization
  • Tourism representations

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  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Development

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Tourism Representations of Chinese Cosmology : The Case of Feng Shui Tourism. / Buzinde, Christine; Choi, Youngjoon; Wang, Alex Yasong.

In: Annals of Tourism Research, Vol. 39, No. 2, 04.2012, p. 975-996.

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Buzinde, Christine ; Choi, Youngjoon ; Wang, Alex Yasong. / Tourism Representations of Chinese Cosmology : The Case of Feng Shui Tourism. In: Annals of Tourism Research. 2012 ; Vol. 39, No. 2. pp. 975-996.
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