Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 1990, Vol. 57 ›› Issue (2): 163-171.doi: 10.11821/xb199002005

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RECENT DEVELOPMENT OF URBAN GEOGRAPHY IN CHINA

Shen Daoqi1   

  1. 1. Nanjing Institute Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences;
    2. Department of Geo and Ocean Science, Nanjing University
  • Online:1990-04-15 Published:1990-04-15

Abstract: In modern history, the proud period in the study of urban geography in China began at the mid-seventies, and reached its peak at the eightieth. In China, there are over 380 cities, and over 9000 towns under the jurisdiction of country (excluding Taiwan Province) which have provided a vast domain for the study of urban gea-gnaphy. The study of urban geography has gained vitality by integrating itself closely with rational construction and with administrative departments and other disciplines. Now, the to-pic of urban geography has been known as the most active sphere in the human and economic geographical circles. Since mid-seventies the research projects of Urban Geography contains: 1) Urban System, 2) Urbanization, 3) Researches an the Structures of Urban Area, 4) Lange and Small Cities (Towns), 5) Quntitative Method etc. Urban planning its providing a broad and practical basis for the further advances in the study of urban geography, Geographers have to not only draw up the Master planning in coope-ration with urban planners, but also provide theoretical method. and scientific basis for this purpose in accordance with the following as pect in order to make the traditional planning have additionally new methods and contents: 1) Urban region researches, 2) Analysis of Ur-ban land use, 3) Researches on urban function, 4) Researches on urban size etc. In recent years, much has been done in China in the-repidly advanced studies of urban geography in combination with urban planning and urban construction. According to human geographers in China, from them on the development trends in the study of urban geography will forge ahead possibly towards to new directions, ie. the Macroscopic and microscopic as-pects.

Key words: Urban system, Urbanization, The structure of Urban area, Urban plann-ing, Urban function, Urban size, Urban fringe