GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 2008, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (5): 982-992.doi: 10.11821/yj2008050002

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The change of spatial distribution of peri-urbanization areas in Hangzhou Municipality

LIU Sheng-he1, ZHANG Qing1,2   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100038, China
  • Received:2008-03-11 Revised:2008-07-11 Online:2008-09-25 Published:2008-09-25
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With rapid social and economic change around metropolitan, peri-urban phenomenon, as a transitional process from rural to urban area, is becoming one of the most important research topics for urban studies. However, current research on Chinese peri-urbanization is generally focused on the description of its unique characteristics of an identified peri-urbanization area at a specific year, and there are very few studies on the dynamic change of peri-urbanization areas and the comparison of different peri-urbanization areas. Taking Hangzhou municipality as a case, this paper aims: (1) to explore how to identify peri-urbanization areas through establishing an indices system; (2) to empirically identify the spatial distribution of peri-urbanization areas in Hangzhou municipality and further to identify the different spatial evolution types of peri-urbanizations areas in the period of 1990 to 2000; and (3) to compare the different characteristics of different spatial evolution types of peri-urbanization areas, such as the lasting peri-urbanization area and the newly-developed peri-urbanization area by using Xiaoshan District and Fuyang Municipality as respective examples, and thus to enhance our understanding on the interior differences among peri-urbanization areas.

Key words: peri-urbanization area, spatial distribution, Hangzhou, Xiaoshan, Fuyang