Residents' environmental conservation behaviour in the mountain tourism destinations in China: Case studies of Jiuzhaigou and Mount Qingcheng Residents' environmental conservation behaviour in the mountain tourism destinations in China: Case studies of Jiuzhaigou and Mount Qingcheng

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Vol14 No.12: 2555-2567

Title】Residents' environmental conservation behaviour in the mountain tourism destinations in China: Case studies of Jiuzhaigou and Mount Qingcheng

Author】ZHANG Yu-ling1, 2; ZHANG Jie3; ZHANG Hong-ou1; ZHANG Ruo-yang4*; WANG Yang1, 2; GUO Yong-rui5; WEI Zong-cai6*

Addresses】1 Guangzhou Institute of Geography, Guangzhou 510070, China; 2 Guangdong open laboratory of geospatial information technology and application, Guangzhou 510070, China; 3 School of Geographic and Oceanographic Science, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210046, China; 4 Shenzhen Tourism College, Jinan University, Shenzhen 518053, China; 5 School of History Culture and Tourism, Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou 221116, China; 6 School of Architecture, State Key Laboratory of Subtropical Building Science, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641, China

Corresponding author】zhang_ry@sz.jnu.edu.cn; weizongcai@scut.edu.cn

Citation】Zhang YL Zhang J, Zhang HO, et al. (2017) Residents' environmental conservation behaviour in the mountain tourism destinations in China: Case studies of Jiuzhaigou and Mount Qingcheng. Journal of Mountain Science 14(12). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-016-4183-0

DOI】https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-016-4183-0

Abstract】This study aimed at gaining an understanding of the formation of residents' Environmental Conservation Behaviour(ECB) to promote sustainable tourism development in Chinese mountain areas. In particular, a theoretical framework was constructed by merging residents' mountain attachment and their environmental values, and awareness of environmental consequences based on the Cognition Behaviour Theory. This research sampled 642 residents with convenience sampling method in Jiuzhaigou and Mount Qingcheng, and structural equation modelling analysis was conducted to identify the relationships among the above variables. Results verified that mountain attachment affected people's awareness of environmental consequences, which then affected their ECB. Environmental values and mountain attachment directly and positively influenced ECB. Moreover, awareness of environmental consequences played the most prominent role in predicting ECB among all the predictors in this study. In all, this study derived several significant implications which can not only contribute to environmental management policies in tourism field but also help to improve the levels of the antecedents of residents' ECB and promote sustainable tourism development in Chinese mountain areas.

Keywords】Sustainable tourism development; Mountain attachment; Environmental Conservation Behaviour; Environmental values; Cognitive Behaviour Theory