Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2020, Vol. 11 ›› Issue (6): 633-644.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2020.06.011

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Space Changes in the Rural Tourism Area of Mufu Town, Hubei Province, China

TAO Hui1(), GAO Jing2, CHEN Kaiqiang3,*()   

  1. 1. School of Management, Minzu University of China, Beijing 100081, China
    2. College of Architecture & Urban Planning, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124, China;
    3. School of Management and Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China
  • Received:2020-04-16 Accepted:2020-07-02 Online:2020-11-30 Published:2020-10-25
  • Contact: CHEN Kaiqiang
  • About author:TAO Hui, E-mail:
  • Supported by:
    The National Natural Science Foundation of China(41901180);The National Social Science Foundation of China(17ZDA165)


In a society dominated by tourism consumption, space changes occurring in rural areas can generally reflect their social changes. On the theoretical basis of flow, regeneration and adaptation of rural tourism space, this paper originally and creatively proposes that the spatial elements in a rural tourist area can be classified into three categories: Attractions (A), Towns (T) and Villages (V). By analyzing the spatial transformation characteristics of A, T and V, five types of rural spatial transition modes are found, the types of heritage, theme park, those serving as scenic spots, leisure industrial clusters and ecotourism areas. These different classes emerge due to their geographical differentiation. They show the same spatial evolution trend: The Attractions are distributed throughout the whole area and characterized by diversification; supporting services facilities gather in the Towns; and the Villages are landscape images. In this area the traditional rural benefit trends toward that of compound development. Mufu Town, Hubei province, is taken as a study case, and the changing characteristics of A, T and V from 2006 to 2016 are described. Problems in the process of establishing the new spatial order are considered. In order to realize the synergy between production space, living space and ecological space, the interactive development between Attractions, Towns and Villages is recommended. The perspective of Attraction-Town-Village (ATV) can lead to a better understanding of the situation of tourism space in rural areas and provide directions for thinking about the reconstruction path for the modernization of traditional societies.

Key words: rural tourism, space change, attraction, town, village, China