Authors: Stanley Toops*, Miami University
Topics: Asia, Tourism Geography, Transportation Geography
Keywords: tourism, Silk Road, Xinjiang, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic
Session Type: Paper
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Bacchus, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
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Since 2013, China’s leadership have been proposing a New Silk Road also called One Belt One Road to refer to the Silk Road Economic Belt (by land) and the 21st Century Maritime Belt (by sea). This paper examines the tourism connecting Xinjiang to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz Republic in the context of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Of particular note is the key role of Xinjiang on the Silk Road Economic Belt. The paper profiles China’s tourism connections and infrastructure linkages with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz Republic. Kazakhstan has better road linkages with Xinjiang compared to Kyrgyz Republic. Kazakhstan has a good rail link to Xinjiang. Xinjiang will still have a key role to play in future linkages along the New Silk Road.