Factors of Intermarriage in Tourist Destinations: Case Study of Yangshuo

Aiheng Zhang, Jiuxia Sun
2018 Advances in Applied Sociology  
Host-guest relationship in tourist destinations is a type of cross-cultural communication in nature, within which intermarriage is the most significant form of interaction and communication. Intermarriage refers to inter-ethnic and transnational marriage, which was seldom studied in tourism contexts compared with one-night stands (hereafter referred to as "ONSs") and love affairs in tourist destinations. In Yangshuo, intermarriage is a unique phenomenon as these couples are more than those of
more » ... ore than those of other counties with approximate population. The reasons why intermarriage exists in Yangshuo are the questions of the study. Ethnographic research paradigm and qualitative analyses are applied in the study with particular research methods such as participating observation and in-depth interview etc. More than 70 interviewees are interviewed in the field trip of 140 days in the case. Conclusions are as follows: 1) cultural capital is the main attraction, which consists of physical attraction, language proficiency in English and cultural image in personality, 2) Yangshuo is a unique destination whose external factors, such as countryside landscape, low consumption rate, friendly local tour guides and cross-cultural tourist products and comprehensive communities, facilitate intermarriage. Theories such as cultural capital, social adaption and mobility are involved in conclusion and discussion.
doi:10.4236/aasoci.2018.82009 fatcat:ftpltru7dbcbrbdzrf53e37wz4