Spatial Patterns of Built- up Ar eas around Beijing

  • 1. Key Laboratory of Land Use, Ministry of Land and Resources of China, Beijing 100035, China;
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China

Received date: 2006-06-27

  Revised date: 2007-05-30

  Online published: 2007-08-25

Supported by

Foundation of the Key Laboratory of Land Use, MLR, China, No. 06-07; National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40501005; China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, No.2005037429


The urban effect on land use pattern is always one of the key fields of geographical science. The ratio of built-up areas is very high around a large city, so it is important to analyze and explain the patterns of built-up areas around the city, which may be helpful for understanding the effect. Through building five buffers from inner to outer parts around Beijing, this paper discusses the pattern of built-up areas of Beijing, and explains the pattern from the natural, historical, and economic aspects. The main conclusions include: 1) there are four belts with higher density of built-up area, which is in accord with "horse road" of the Qin Dynasty in BC 200; 2) the continuity of spatial distribution of built-up areas is not interrupted by the division of administration; 3) buffer between 30 and 40 km may be the borderline of urban effect on the plane surface, although the effect can touch some farther regions through transportation lines; and 4) there are two peaks of urban land shares in the buffers between 10 and 20 km, and between 30 and 40 km.

Cite this article

TAN Minghong, ZHU Huiyi, Liu Linshan, GUO Guangmeng . Spatial Patterns of Built- up Ar eas around Beijing[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2007 , 62(8) : 861 -869 . DOI: 10.11821/xb200708008


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