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Challenges and Opportunities Facing China’s Urban Development in the New Era

Han Ruibo and Wang Linna
p. 15-27

Abstract

The acceleration of urban expansion has greatly impacted the study of China’s urban system, and the urban function at the national level has largely been characterised by the spatial distribution and evolution of cities. In order to understand the dynamics of urban development in China, it is necessary to analyse the history of city evolution and understand the context in which that evolution took place. The first section of this paper introduces the urbanisation process in China since the 1950s in order to demonstrate the origins of China’s recenturbanisation patterns. Subsequently, the structural transitions of city scaling and urban clusters are presented by employing Rank-size Analysis and satellite imagery, followed by the challenges brought about by these changes. Finally, the spatial distribution and transition patterns of China’s urban system are analysed using Centrographic Analysis.

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References

Bibliographical reference

Han Ruibo and Wang Linna, « Challenges and Opportunities Facing China’s Urban Development in the New Era », China Perspectives, 2013/2 | 2013, 15-27.

Electronic reference

Han Ruibo and Wang Linna, « Challenges and Opportunities Facing China’s Urban Development in the New Era », China Perspectives [Online], 2013/2 | 2013, Online since 01 June 2016, connection on 20 October 2017. URL : http://chinaperspectives.revues.org/6149

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About the authors

Han Ruibo

Han Ruibo is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Department of Geography, University of Ottawa. 60 University Private, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5 (hanruibo@hotmail.com).

Wang Linna

Wang Linna is a Masters’ Candidate, Department of Economics, University of Ottawa. 120 University Private, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5 (ln@live.ca).

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