Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2023, Vol. 14 ›› Issue (2): 289-298.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2023.02.007

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The Demand for Forest-based Wellness Activities, Products and Destinations in Beijing

CONG Li1,*(), HOU Yinghui1, Geoffrey WALL2,*(), LU Anqi1   

  1. 1. Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
    2. Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L3G1, Canada
  • Received:2021-07-28 Accepted:2022-03-15 Online:2023-03-30 Published:2023-02-21
  • Contact: CONG Li,Geoffrey WALL
  • Supported by:
    The Fundamental Research Funds of the Central University(2021SRZ01)


Forest-based wellness (FBW), the enhancement of health and well-being through activities in forested environments, is growing rapidly in China. This paper examines the demand for such experiences based on a survey of mainly young and middle-aged Beijing residents using quantitative analytical methods. There is a widespread demand for forest health and wellness which is considered in three parts: physical and mental health needs, demand for forest health and wellness products, and forest health and wellness destinations. Young and middle-aged people have more obvious needs for relaxation and stress release, whereas middle-aged and elderly people focus mainly on improving immunity and sleep quality, and alleviating cervical and lumbar spine diseases. Respondents prefer experience-based products, and “environment quality”, “infrastructure construction” and “professionals and their service quality” are particularly important. There is a significant positive correlation among the three types of demand. Finally, based on the characteristics of Beijing’s forest health and wellness needs, suggestions are provided for forest-based health products and tourism development.

Key words: forest-based wellness, tourism demand, chronic diseases, Beijing