Vol15 No.4: 894-917
【Title】Geoscience landscape division and tourism zonation in the mid-southern section of the Hengduan Mountains, eastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau
【Author】CHEN Xing1; SHI Xian-lin2*
【Addresses】1 College of Tourism and Urban-Rural Planning, Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu 610059, China; 2 College of Earth Sciences, Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu 610059, China
【Corresponding author】SHI Xian-lin
【Citation】Chen X, Shi XL (2018) Geoscience landscape division and tourism zonation in the mid-southern section of the Hengduan Mountains, eastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Journal of Mountain Science 15(4). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-017-4529-2
【Abstract】The mid-southern section of the Hengduan Mountains is a typical region of mountainous landscape in western China and is the core region of "Shangri-La", a world-famous eco-tourism destination. The landscape classification system is an important scientific basis for landscape protection and tourism development in this region. By combining geology and geography and referring to the concepts of "system tract" and "tectonic system" in geology, this paper comes up with grading standards for the geoscience landscape system of this region. Based on the regional stratigraphic structure, tectonic fault marks and geomorphological differentiation, this paper comes up with 2 Grade I geoscience landscape system tracts, 8 Grade II geoscience landscape systems, 21 Grade III geoscience landscape areas, and 165 representative Grade IV geoscience landscape attractions. According to the main classification methods for the geological heritage and tourism landscapes, the geoscience landscapes can be divided into 4 categories, 16 types and 19 subtypes. On this basis, 23 eco-tourism areas of the mid-southern section of the Hengduan Mountains can be delimited. The study provides a theoretical direction and method reference for the geoscience landscape division and tourism zonation, which has an important significance on the mountain landscape protection and tourism development in the regions of complex geo-environments.
【Keywords】Geoscience landscape; Landscape system; Tourism zonation; High mountain canyon area; Hengduan Mountains