Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2019, Vol. 74 ›› Issue (4): 633-647.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201904002

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Cognition and construction of the theoretical connotation for new-type urbanization with Chinese characteristics

Mingxing CHEN1,2(), Chao YE3, Dadao LU1,2, Yuwen SUI1,2, Shasha GUO1,2   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. College of Resource and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
    3. College of Geographic Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China
  • Received:2017-12-19 Revised:2019-02-26 Online:2019-04-25 Published:2019-04-23
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41822104, No.41671125, No.41571138, No.41842058;Key Research Program of Frontier Sciences of Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.QYZDY-SSW-SYS002


Since the reform and opening up, China's rapid urbanization has boosted the development of economy and society, but it is also confronted with tremendous challenges. The multidisciplinary research has promoted the issue of National New-type Urbanization Planning, which indicates the transformation of China's urbanization strategy. Further research, however, is needed to explore the theoretical construction of China's new-type urbanization. The paper summarizes the development process of China's urbanization and points out its characteristics, which includes peri-urbanization, special national conditions, complicated factors and governance system. China's urbanization makes a great contribution to the world. Moreover, the literature demonstrates the significance of urbanization to the discipline of human and economic geography and the scientific connotations of new-type urbanization, which refers to peiple-oriented, harmonious, inclusive and sustainable. Under the background of the humanism transformation, new-type urbanization should transform from population urbanization to people-oriented urbanization. There are six crucial scientific issues: people-oriented urbanization and equalization of basic public services, urbanization with integrated and coordinated development of urban and rural, urbanization in the context of resources and environment carrying capability and climate change, diverse regional modes, spatial effect and mechanism, as well as big data and innovation of technical methods. The paper makes efforts to illustrate a framework of China's new-type urbanization connotation, which provides references for theoretical research and policy formulation.

Key words: new-type urbanization, Chinese characteristics, theoretical connotation, people-oriented urbanization, sustainable urbanization