中国地理科学(英文版) ›› 2012, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (5): 617-625.

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Revisiting and Rethinking Regional Urbanization in Changjiang River Delta, China

YANG Shangguang1, 2, Mark Yaolin WANG2, WANG Chunlan3   

  1. (1. Institue of Economic Development, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237, China; 2. School of Land and Environment, the University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia; 3. Research Center of Shanghai Population and Development, Shanghai 201100, China)
  • 出版日期:2012-10-05 发布日期:2012-10-09

Revisiting and Rethinking Regional Urbanization in Changjiang River Delta, China

YANG Shangguang1, 2, Mark Yaolin WANG2, WANG Chunlan3   

  1. (1. Institue of Economic Development, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237, China; 2. School of Land and Environment, the University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia; 3. Research Center of Shanghai Population and Development, Shanghai 201100, China)
  • Online:2012-10-05 Published:2012-10-09

摘要:

China is entering a critical and accelerating phase of urbanization. As one of the most urbanized regions in China, the

Changjiang (Yangtze) River Delta has experienced dramatic urbanization and urban transformation. However, in the recent years, many

changes have taken place in this region and there is limited attention to the regional urbanization path evolution, its problems and the

way to solve these problems. Therefore, we should revisit the urbanization process in the Changjiang River Delta again. In this paper, we

revisited urbanization paths of the Changjiang River Delta by data analysis, influence factors of urbanization by the Gray Relational

Analysis, and major challenges to urbanization of the Changjiang River Delta by theoretical considerations. We found that the urbanization

of the Changjiang River Delta had experienced several stages of large-scale spatial and urban system restructuring. Within the Changjiang

River Delta, Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangshu had experienced different urbanization path with local characteristics. But with their

development model gradually converging, their urbanization model is also converging. We also found that the major influence factors

affecting the Changjiang River Delta urbanization were dynamic change and urbanization was driven by different key factors in different

socio-economic development stages. Meanwhile, the Changjiang River Delta urbanization is facing many problems such as existing

institutional arrangements, including the hukou (household registration) system and others which can not meet the needs of current

socio-economic development and urbanization. Therefore, it is imperative to promote institutional innovation and adopt a new

urbanization development strategy for the sake of the orderly and sustainable urbanization development in the Changjiang River Delta.

关键词: urbanization, local characteristics, influence factors, major challenges, Changjiang (Yangtze) River delta, China

Abstract:

China is entering a critical and accelerating phase of urbanization. As one of the most urbanized regions in China, the

Changjiang (Yangtze) River Delta has experienced dramatic urbanization and urban transformation. However, in the recent years, many

changes have taken place in this region and there is limited attention to the regional urbanization path evolution, its problems and the

way to solve these problems. Therefore, we should revisit the urbanization process in the Changjiang River Delta again. In this paper, we

revisited urbanization paths of the Changjiang River Delta by data analysis, influence factors of urbanization by the Gray Relational

Analysis, and major challenges to urbanization of the Changjiang River Delta by theoretical considerations. We found that the urbanization

of the Changjiang River Delta had experienced several stages of large-scale spatial and urban system restructuring. Within the Changjiang

River Delta, Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangshu had experienced different urbanization path with local characteristics. But with their

development model gradually converging, their urbanization model is also converging. We also found that the major influence factors

affecting the Changjiang River Delta urbanization were dynamic change and urbanization was driven by different key factors in different

socio-economic development stages. Meanwhile, the Changjiang River Delta urbanization is facing many problems such as existing

institutional arrangements, including the hukou (household registration) system and others which can not meet the needs of current

socio-economic development and urbanization. Therefore, it is imperative to promote institutional innovation and adopt a new

urbanization development strategy for the sake of the orderly and sustainable urbanization development in the Changjiang River Delta.

Key words: urbanization, local characteristics, influence factors, major challenges, Changjiang (Yangtze) River delta, China