Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 1988, Vol. 43 ›› Issue (3): 201-212.doi: 10.11821/xb198803002

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THE GROWTH OF CITY-TOWNS IN THE PEARL RIVER DELTA BY ADOPTING THE OPEN-DOOR POLICY

Xu Xueqiang, Hu Huaying   

  1. Zhongshan University, Guangzhou
  • Online:1988-07-15 Published:1988-07-15

Abstract: Since 1985, the Pearl River Delta has become one of the three coastal delta economic opening regions is China as our country began to carry out the open-door policy- This region includes two famous spetial economic zones (Shenzhen and Zhuhai) and one big opening city (Guangzhou) that is one of the fourteen coastal opening cities in China.With the open-door policy, the urbanizing process and the city-town growth in the region of the Pearl River Delta is speeding up. The aim of this paper is to present the effects of the open-door policy on the growth of city-towns in the region by analyzing the developing process of city-towns and non-agriculture populations at first, and then by measuring the transformation of function and the construction of city-towns as well as the changes of the spatial pattern of city-town system in the region.

Key words: Open-door policy, Pearl River delta, City-town: Function of city-town, Occupational structure, Spatial pattern