Welcome to Chinese Outbound Tourism 2.0

Written by Xiang Robert Li. To say Chinese outbound tourism grows fast would be an understatement. Between 1994 and 2013, the number of outbound trips by Mainland Chinese citizens rose 16-fold from 6.1 million to 98.2 million. China is not only the world’s fastest growing source market (UNWTO, 2013), but now the largest source market in …

Growth of the Tourist Class in China

Written by Chris Ryan. It is well known that China has a population of approximately 1.3 billion people, and is achieving fast economic growth to the point where by some criteria it is now the world’s largest economy. Notwithstanding the fact that in terms of GDP/capita China still languishes among the ranks of the developing …

Chinese and Other Asian Youth Tourists’ Souvenir Purchases in Hong Kong

Written by Hilary du Cros. What do the young Chinese from the People’s Republic of China and their peers in Asia consider travel mementos and souvenirs? Does it make a difference whether a youth tourist comes from PRC or somewhere else in Asia in this area of inquiry? Research in Hong Kong has showed a trend …

Is Tourism Part of the Chinese Dream?

Written by David Weaver. President Xi’s Chinese Dream is an important framework for a national discussion on how China can successfully transform into a fully developed nation. The Dream, crucially, has both communal and individualistic dimensions, with the former expressed in the desire to cultivate national pride, a strong sense of community, a clean environment, and …

Surplus men and the institution of marriage in China

Written by Xiaoling Shu and Jingjing Chen. A recent policy recommendation by economist Xie Zuoshi advocating “wife sharing” as a solution to a 30-million surplus of single men in China has stimulated heated debates on a wide range of issues, from the immorality of “multiple men sharing one woman” to the real causes of gender …

Women’s Rights Advocacy in China: Some Cautious Optimism?

Written by Cara Wallis. In late September of this year, Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a speech at the Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment organized by UN Women as part of a number of activities worldwide commemorating Beijing +20, or the 20 years since the United Nation’s Fourth World Conference on Women …

Sex in China: History, Debates and Policy Implications

Written by Elaine Jeffreys and Haiqing Yu. A standard explanation for the rise of pre-marital sexuality and homosexuality in China is that young people have been freed from the sexual repression and ‘silence’ on sex-related matters that allegedly characterized the Mao era (1949–76) by the post-1978 introduction of market-based economic reforms. As journalists like to proclaim: …

Masculinities and Talking Politics in China

Written by Lake Lui. 2014 was a fateful year for Hong Kong people—like me—who do research in China. The vibrant discussion of Hong Kong’s political reform, the Occupy Central Movement, and the increasing conflicts between Hongkongers and Mainland Chinese people were heard of in every corner of China, although the news is often misrepresented. Despite the …

Waiting for the small print on the two-child policy

Written by Jackie Sheehan. China’s ageing population and worsening dependency ratio are the driving force behind the decision at last week’s Fifth Plenum of the 18th CCPCC to allow all married couples to have a second child. The November 2013 decision to extend the possibility of having two children to couples where one spouse was …

More men than women in China

Written by Isabelle Attané. The population of China has a characteristic that is shared by very few countries, namely a higher proportion of men than women. Another of China’s special feature is that unlike in Pakistan or Bangladesh, where there are also longstanding imbalanced sex ratios, its male majority has not been absorbed but on the …