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Soundscape expectations of rural tourism: A comparison between Chinese and English potential tourists

Ren, X; Kang, J; Zhu, P; Wang, S; (2018) Soundscape expectations of rural tourism: A comparison between Chinese and English potential tourists. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America , 143 (1) pp. 373-377. 10.1121/1.5019466. Green open access

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Abstract

A questionnaire survey was carried out for a comparative study between Chinese and English potential tourists to examine their soundscape expectation. The results show that while both groups prefer natural sounds most, compared to the English, the Chinese expect natural, livestock, melodic sounds more, and traffic and industrial sounds less. The sound categories related to the interactions between human activities and nature play a more dominant role for the English than the Chinese, in terms of preference of sound sources. On the expectation of a holistic soundscape, function is the most important aspect for the Chinese, while that for the English is sound characteristics; the expected psychological perception for the English is associated with emotional response rather than basic ecology consciousness, as for the Chinese.

Type: Article
Title: Soundscape expectations of rural tourism: A comparison between Chinese and English potential tourists
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1121/1.5019466
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.5019466
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Science & Technology, Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Acoustics, Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology, Tranquillity, Reliability, Countryside, Validity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10044020
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