Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2004, Vol. 59 ›› Issue (6): 1028-1036.doi: 10.11821/xb200406027

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Research Progress of Commercial Geography in China

ZHOU Chunshan1, LUO Yan1, SHANG Yanran2   

  1. 1. Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, Zhongshan University, Guangzhou 510275, China;
    2. Environment School, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
  • Received:2003-05-05 Revised:2004-04-08 Online:2004-11-25 Published:2004-11-25
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40171035; No.49771034; Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province, No.974090


This paper reviews the research development process of Chinese commercial geography, and the study process of business geography is divided into 5 stages, that is the initiate stage, formation stage, depressed stage, ferment stage and living stage. It examines the 5 directions of research on business geography since the ferment period of 1984, such as business area and district structure, theory and method on business circle, research on central business district (CBD), retail industry theory and net distribution, consumer behavior and the effect on commercial location. Finally it discusses the characteristics of business geographic development and existing problems, and prospects 4 hot spot issues points about for future research in commercial geography such as research on urban commercial area and structure, research on business suburbanization and dispersing, commercial form and management problem, commercial geographic development in commercial business planning and so on.

Key words: commercial geography, district structure, commercial location, China