Peri-urbanization in China and Its Major Research Issues

  • Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China

Received date: 2004-06-05

  Revised date: 2004-09-21

  Online published: 2004-12-25

Supported by

National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40101010; Knowledge Innovation Project of CAS, No.KZCX2-SW-318


Since reform and opening up, co-driven by foreign direct investment (FDI), the dispersion of large cities and rural industrialization (the development of TVEs) and constrained by the rural-urban dichotomy of management system, a new kind of transitional regions has emerged in some post-rural areas with good location or development basis, such as the Yangze River Delta and Pearl River Delta, which is characterized by mixed rural and urban land uses, rapid change of social and economic structure and thus can be named as "peri-urbanization region". Based on the extensive review on the progress of concerned researches, 5 theoretical concepts of urban fringe, edge city, extended metropolitan region (EMR), Desakota and rural-urban integration are found to have important references and differences to the peri-urbanization regions in China. Further, this paper highlights the significance and also purposes the major research issues for conducting peri-urbanization studies in China.

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LIU Shenghe, CHEN Tian, CAI Jianming . Peri-urbanization in China and Its Major Research Issues[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2004 , 59(7s) : 101 -108 . DOI: 10.11821/xb20047s014


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