Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2005, Vol. 60 ›› Issue (3): 401-408.doi: 10.11821/xb200503006

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The Spatial Characteristics of Shopping Behavior of the Chinese Urban Elderly: A Case Study of Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai

CHAI Yanwei, LI Changxia   

  1. Department of City and Regional Planning, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
  • Received:2004-11-22 Revised:2005-02-19 Online:2005-05-25 Published:2010-09-09
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40171034

Abstract:

Based on questionnaire survey on the daily shopping behaviors of the Chinese urban elderly, this paper compares the spatial structures of shopping behavior of the elderly in Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai. The authors also point out the general spatial characteristic of shopping behavior of the elderly in Chinese cities on a large scale. By aggregate analysis, it is indicated that the spatial characteristics of shopping behaviors of the Chinese urban elderly according to the distance decay law and its decrease ratio declines with the increase of distance. Based on comparable analysis, the authors find that the shopping behaviors of the elderly in Beijing decline firmly according to the increase of distance; the shopping behaviors of the elderly in Shenzhen decline in a fluctuating way with the increase of distance, expressing a spatial structure of "leapfrog concentration"; and the number of shopping activities of the elderly in Shanghai decreases most quickly. These differences have close relations to the development level of urban commercial establishments.

Key words: Chinese cities, the elderly, space of shopping, empirical-behavioral approach