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Evolution of Household Energy Consumption Patterns Induced by Rural Tourism Development and Based on Household Survey Data

  • 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China

Received date: 2010-12-24

  Revised date: 2011-04-20

  Online published: 2011-06-20


Rural tourism has become one of the four main types of China's rural strategic transformation. Obviously, the rural tourism development would have far-reaching impact on pattern of rural household energy consumption. Based on eco-tourism area of Liupan Mountain household survey data, from the angle of per capita energy consumption from the household, structure, and end-use, the exploratory research farmers in rural tourism induced evolution of household energy consumption patterns was carried out. The results showed that the total energy consumption per capita of the rural tourism households was 42.96% higher than the traditional farmers, being 707.35 kgce. In energy consumption structure, commercial energy is dominant in the rural tourism farmers,new energy (solar energy) is widely used, the proportion of traditional energy is decreased. The ratio of the three is 93.10 ∶5.15 ∶1.75, and the proportion of the traditional farmers is 46.30 ∶0.48 ∶53.22. In energy use, what the farmers of rural tourism can use in daily life (cooking, heating, household appliances, transportation, hot water, lighting) increased substantially, the traditional breeding and agricultural machinery related to energy consumption was abandoned. Traditional farmers are still restricted to the energy consumed cooking, heating, three aspects of feeding, and enjoyment of life associated with household appliances, lighting, hot water, traffic levels are still relatively backward. The result showed that household energy consumption pattern is mainly due to changes in production by the family, the way of energy use, per capita income, subjective cognitive. The study concluded that induced by the rural tourism development, household energy consumption in Liupan Mountain ecological tourist area evolved from the inward-looking "life-production system" self-loop model to an outward-oriented"life-travel system ".

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XI Jian-chao, ZHAO Mei-feng, GE Quan-sheng . Evolution of Household Energy Consumption Patterns Induced by Rural Tourism Development and Based on Household Survey Data[J]. JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES, 2011 , 26(6) : 981 -991 . DOI: 10.11849/zrzyxb.2011.06.009


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