Self--organization is the primary nature of developmental course and it contains the unchangeable law on evolution of beings and systems. Dissipative structure is a typical self- organization form. Based on dissipative structure, some rules and trends in the re-developing course of Chinese urban tourism can be discerned by the analysis of 24 key tourism cities. The results show that： 1） 4 basic types of tourism cities including function cities, resource cities, entry cities and coast cities have been formed in China by now. 2） The whole development course of urban tourism presents its pre-accelerating period, accelerating period and post-accelerating period,while every city gives out comparatively independent distinction. 3） General speaking, that in some special districts urban tourism becomes more harmonious, and urban tourism would restructure its spatial configuration by area. 4） The poling power of function cites and resource cities, as well as the considerable developing speed of cites in the Yangtze-River-Delta,Bohai-Bay area,mid--inner district ought to be endorsed by the very period coming. 5） Each aspect performs distinctly in mechanism of urban tourism system,so the different aspects need to plan as a whole in the development course should be paid significant attention.
Geography and Geo-Information Science
development of urban tourism
key tourism city