Buddhism and tourism. Perceptions of the monastic community at pu-tuo-shan, china

Cora Un In Wong, Alison McIntosh, Chris Ryan

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While there exists a considerable body of literature on pilgrimages and religious tourism, research on Buddhist pilgrimage sites remains scant. In particular, little has been published about how tourism is perceived by the monks and nuns living at the Buddhist sites that receive visitors. This article examines the Buddhist monks' and nuns' perceptions towards tourism at Pu-Tuo-Shan, one of the Four Sacred Mountains of China, that during the last decades has become the destination of increasing numbers of pilgrims and tourists. Interviews with monks and nuns reveal how they perceive the presence of visitors in their sacred land. The study also finds that the Buddhist worldview plays a significant role in shaping their attitudes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-234
Number of pages22
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Buddhist
  • Monasteries
  • Pilgrims
  • Pu-Tuo-Shan


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