Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2012, Vol. 67 ›› Issue (8): 1021-1030.doi: 10.11821/xb201208002

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The Evolution of Urban-Rural Relationship in Central Cities of China during Transformation Period

ZHANG Jing, LI Chenggu   

  1. College of Urban and Environmental Science, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024, China
  • Received:2012-03-27 Revised:2012-05-02 Online:2012-08-20 Published:2012-10-11
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41171103

Abstract: China has been in the stage of overall planning and interactive development of urban and rural areas since 2000. The present paper, taking the central cities as samples, mainly focuses on economic growth and urbanization. It takes the central and periphery areas of the city as the spatial scale, uses panel data to build a series of analytical models by multivariate regression analysis, and reveals the tracks and characteristics of urban-rural relation evolution of China's central cities. The paper draws some conclusions as follows. First, the speed growth of fixed investment, economic aggregation and manufacturing production in periphery counties area shows that the pattern of economic elements gathered in the city center excessively is changing. Second, there is still a distinct gap of the public goods providing and infrastructure construction between urban and rural areas, which is the barrier of urban-rural integrative development. Last, 19 city samples are divided into four groups: center gathering, rural area rapid growth, relative balance development and towards integrative development, indicating that central cities are going through different phases of urban-rural relation development featured by different structures and spatial morphology.

Key words: transformation period, central city, urban-rural relation, regional differences, China