The Dual Effects of Ecomuseums in Heritage Tourism – A Case Study in Tang’an Village

Xiaoyan Zhang (University of Leeds)

Ecomuseums are described as community-led heritages or museum projects that support sustainable development. Ecomuseums can be an important model for promoting the relationship between tourism, heritage, and local development. Although ecomuseums are all based on community-oriented principles, some focus more on economic development through tourism, while others focus on preserving culture and empowering communities. Tang'an Dong Village, in Guizhou, China, is an ecomuseum from the collaboration between the Chinese and Norwegian governments. Based on six-month fieldwork in Tang'an, this study aims to critically assess how Tang'an as an ecomuseum can dually support heritage management and economic development in the context of heritage tourism and thus provide clues to how the ecomuseum concept can enhance community participation and promote local identity.

Part of 05-02 The Landscape of Heritage, Friday, November 03, 10:30 am–12:30 pm