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Post-colonial cities and its tourism utilization: the Ningbo case

Authors: Renfeng MA*, Department of Geography and Spatial Information Techniques, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211, China, Baoyu ZHU, Department of Geography and Spatial Information Techniques, Sino-EU Faculty of Tourism and Geography, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211, China
Topics: Urban Geography
Keywords: Transformation of post-colonial port cities ;Urban governance strategies;gentrification
Session Type: Paper
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Port tourism is important to the port cities occupied during the Opium Wars and offer a glimpse into a liminal European past in the areas around the harbour. However, Ningbo’s port history extends beyond the Opium Wars. Ningbo’s port was one of the starting points of the ancient “Maritime Silk Road” and the end of the Beijing-Hangzhou Canal, the north-south waterway. Thus Ningbo, a port city with a long history as well as a modern world port, has abundant port tourism resources. Ningbo's main port tourism resources are mainly in the Jianghe Laogang District-Modern Binhai Port Area. The port tourism resources in the modern city of Beicheng and Beilun Meishan are distributed in a distributed manner. The cities and counties in the Ningbo metropolitan area are scattered with various types of shopping, restaurants, and historical sites aimed at tourists, shaping urban local characteristics and urban marketing. In this paper, I will argue that these dynamics are creating a new cultural landscape around the port.The project received financial support from the Natural Science Foundation of China
(grant no: 41771174).

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