The Relationshipamong Consumer 's Travel Behavior , Urban Commercial and Residential Spatial Structure in Guangzhou, China

  • School of Geography Science and Planning, Centre for Urban & Regional Studies, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China

Received date: 2007-06-18

  Revised date: 2008-01-07

  Online published: 2008-04-25

Supported by

National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40401018; No.40401019; Philosophy and Social Science Foundation of Guangdong, No. 06YD01; No.03104C2-15; '985 Project' of GIS and Remote Sensing for Geosciences from the Ministry of Education of China, No.105203200400006


The study on spatial pattern of both urban commercial and residential places is one of the important fields in urban geography. The analysis on micro-behavior has become one of the more frequently used methods in recent years. In order to better understand the characteristics and the relationship between urban commercial and residential space, a case study in Guangzhou is done, and the data based on a questionnaire with 1428 people involved from eight typical communities are collected. The analysis shows that firstly, people's travel mode, trip distance and multi-objective traveling are closely realted with type of communities, location, service around, and urban commercial space. Secondly, the hierachical system of urban commercial space clearly exists. The traditional shopping center is one of the most attractive centers, followed by the new shopping centers formed in the 1980s. However, the type of the consumers attracted is different. The sub-centers and service area around the neighborhoods also play an important role in daily shopping service. Thirdly, because of the mismatch between commercial supply and consumer's demand, some of the residents living in the Danwei (work place) residential areas regularly visit the traditional commercial centers in the inner city. Finally, due to the lack of shopping supply, people in commercial housing area and the economic affordable housing area in the peripheries can go shopping nearby but have to go to the commercial centers for regular shopping, which increases their expenses. Thus analyzing the distribution pattern of people's shopping travel is one of the means for understanding the characteristics and developing dynamic pattern of urban structure.

Cite this article

ZHOU Suhong, LIN Geng, YAN Xiaopei . The Relationshipamong Consumer 's Travel Behavior , Urban Commercial and Residential Spatial Structure in Guangzhou, China[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2008 , 63(4) : 395 -404 . DOI: 10.11821/xb200804004


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