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dc.contributor.authorBuckley, Ralfen_US
dc.contributor.editorCheng Shengkui, Wu Dawei, Zhong Linshengen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-04T21:09:27Z
dc.date.available2017-04-04T21:09:27Z
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.date.modified2011-06-13T22:58:24Z
dc.identifier.isbn9787511103062en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/36129
dc.description.abstractWhich is worth more to the regional economy of western China: dams and hydropower, or conservation and tourism? As China grows richer, the balance tips to tourism. Dams last decades, and by then China will be as wealthy as the USA. The Colorado Grand Canyon grew to a global tourism icon, and mainstay of the regional economy, in just a few decades. The great gorges of the Nu, Lancang and Yangtze are larger, deeper and equally spectacular - but hardly anyone has yet seen them. There are two billion domestic tourist trips in China every year, and the number is growing. If we want these tourists to travel and spend in China, not overseas, we must keep places for them to visit. Based on a Colorado model, for example, the Great Bend section of the Yangtze could earn about the same through tourism as it could from hydro power - because power operations are intermittent, costs and losses in transmission to eastern cities are high, and bulk purchase prices are well below retail. And tourism has far lower social and environmental costs than hydropower dams, and far lower risks. The Western USA learnt this lesson at the last moment, conserving only the Grand Canyon for tourism when equally beautiful sections upstream and downstream were already dammed. Should not China also keep its great gorges, for its own people to visit as tourists? It will be worth more than hydropower.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
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dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherEnvironmental Science Publishersen_US
dc.publisher.placeChinaen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.cesp.com.cnen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleTheory and Practice in Ecotourismen_US
dc.relation.ispartofchapter40en_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom295en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto301en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Sciences not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode059999en_US
dc.titleEcotourism Achievements and Challenges in China and the Worlden_US
dc.typeBook chapteren_US
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Book Chapters (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeB - Book Chaptersen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, Griffith School of Environmenten_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2010 China Environmental Science Publishers. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. It is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Please refer to the publisher's website for further information.en_AU
gro.date.issued2010
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