Skip to navigation – Site map
Special Feature

Commodity Housing and the Socio-spatial Structure in Guangzhou

A study based on estate-level residential property prices
Ryanne Flock, Werner Breitung and Li Lixun
p. 41-51


Commodity housing has become a major engine of urban restructuring and social change in China. It is alleged to aid growing residential segregation and urban fragmentation. In this context, housing price is viewed as an important sorting mechanism. This article investigates this claim by looking at Guangzhou’s housing market and analysing data of 797 commercial housing estates. It analyses the development of commodity housing and the trends of housing prices in the city and maps the locational patterns of high, middle, or low housing affordability within this sector.

Top of page


Electronic reference

Ryanne Flock, Werner Breitung and Li Lixun, « Commodity Housing and the Socio-spatial Structure in Guangzhou », China Perspectives [Online], 2013/2 | 2013, Online since 01 June 2016, connection on 23 May 2017. URL :

Top of page

About the authors

Werner Breitung

Werner Breitung is a professor at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou.No.111 Ren'ai Road, Suzhou Dushu Lake Higher Education Town, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, China (

Li Lixun

Li Lixun is a professor at Sun Yat-sen University.Sun Yat-sen University, School of Geography and Planning, 135 Xingang Xi Lu, Guangzhou 510275, China (

Ryanne Flock

Ryanne Flock is a PhD candidate at Freie Universität Berlin.Koserstraße 20, 14195 Berlin, Germany (

By this author

Top of page


© All rights reserved

Top of page