JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 1998, Vol. 13 ›› Issue (4): 306-311.doi: 10.11849/zrzyxb.1998.04.003

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THE CLIMATE SUITABILITY OF TOURISM AT THE COASTLINE DESTINATIONS OF CHINA

FAN Yezheng, GUO Laixi   

  1. Institute of Geography, CAS, Beijing 100101
  • Received:1998-01-13 Revised:1998-05-06 Online:1998-12-25 Published:1998-12-25

Abstract: Chinas 18000 kilometer long coastline has great potential for the deve lopment of seashore tourism. The unique natural conditions, particutarly the mild climate, have attracted numerous tourists to come for the leisure or convalescent tourism on seashore. The research focuses on the physiological climate of coastal cities and small offshore islands in China.Four indexes—temperature, humidity, wind velocity and sunshine hours were selected in this research. Each of the indexes has its own effect on a body of person, so two integrated indexes were employed in the research. One is temperature humidity index, it shows true temperature sense of body; and the other one is index of wind effect, it shows true wind sense of body. These two indexes are calculated from temperature, humidity, wind velocity, and sunshine hours. The data from 37 observatory(25 coastal cities and 12 small offshore islands)were analyzed in this research. The influence of tropical cyclone and cold airflow was also considered. In this research, it is found that there are about 4~6 months convalescent climate for tourism in Bohai Gulf and southern Hainan coastal cities, in addition, there is great seasonal complementarity between the two areas. It is also found that the climate is not very good for tourism in the other coastal cities of China.

Key words: coastal city, climate suitability, temperature humidity index, index of wind effect