Taijiquan, genius loci and tourism: a participant observation about Chenjiagou


  • Sergio Raimondo Universita' di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4413-3158
  • Laura Rea Independent scholar and free translator
  • Yong-shun Wang National Huaqiao University




Martial arts, tai chi, tourism, cultural tourism, UNESCO, intangible cultural heritage


This essay analyses the key concepts enunciated by the international literature on martial arts tourism – and of the even broader category of cultural tourism. It combines notes produced by a participant observation and the images produced by the first author himself. The result is the illustration of a particular case of martial arts tourism included in the decade 2009-2018 and focused on Chenjiagou (Chen village), a village in inland China (Wen county, Henan province, People's Republic of China). Here tourists – attracted by the peculiar spirit of the place, genius loci, expressed in the landscape and in the local customs and reinforced by recurring or occasional celebrations – are contributing to the local economic development and urban improvement, by creating an informal planetary-scale network through the common interest in the martial art of taijiquan.


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How to Cite

Raimondo, S., Rea, L., & Wang, Y.- shun. (2022). Taijiquan, genius loci and tourism: a participant observation about Chenjiagou. Revista De Artes Marciales Asiáticas, 17(1), 50–72. https://doi.org/10.18002/rama.v17i1.7029