Resources Science ›› 2018, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (11): 2168-2176.doi: 10.18402/resci.2018.11.03

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Study on spatial distribution and its influencing factors of natural tourism resource in China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor

Li ZHOU1(), Dianting WU1, Zehong LI2,3(), Yongming WANG1, Luming QIAO1, Ye XIAO1   

  1. 1. Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
    3. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2018-04-23 Revised:2018-10-09 Online:2018-11-20 Published:2018-11-12


Tourism resources are the foundation of the development of tourism. The integration of cross-border tourism resources and the co-construction of cooperation model are the important issues of "the Belt and Road" national strategy. Using the nearest neighbor index, geographic concentration index, Gini coefficient, kernel density analysis, and other mathematical and spatial analysis methods, the spatial pattern and influencing factors of the natural tourism resources in China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor of "the Belt and Road" are identified and characterized. The conclusions can be drawn as the following: (1) The natural tourism resources of the China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor are spatially aggregative, and the distribution density generally presents a “multi-core” distribution pattern, mainly concentrated in the Moscow-Saint Petersburg region, Ekaterina-Tyumen region, Novosibirsk region, Baykal Lake urban agglomeration, and coastal areas of China and Russia. (2) Natural tourism resources are usually along lakes, rivers, borders, and artery traffic. (3) Topographical features, lakes, and water systems are the internal factors that affect the distribution of natural tourism resources, while economic development level, traffic accessibility, population size and others are important external forces affecting its distribution.(4) The natural tourism resources of the China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor are complementary. Different geological foundations and natural geographical conditions are associated with different types of natural tourism resources. The precipitation in Mongolia is rare, mainly grassland. In the northeast of China, the plain is widespread and the soil is fertile, forming natural tourism resources based on forests. Russia is located in a high-latitude region across the Eurasian continent, where plateaus and plains are interlaced, and forming natural tourism resources dominated by lakes, snow, ice, and forests. Therefore, under "the Belt and Road" Initiative, the government departments of China, Mongolia, and Russia should make full use of the complementarity of natural tourism resources, create differentiated tourism products, actively innovate tourism cooperation development modes, and jointly build the “International Tourism Belt of China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor”.

Key words: economic corridor, natural tourism resources, spatial distribution, influencing factors