GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 2012, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (12): 2162-2172.doi: 10.11821/yj2012120004

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Study on the trans-river development pattern, process and driving mechanism of riverside cities

LI Jun-feng, JIAO Hua-fu, LIANG Meng-ge   

  1. College of Territorial Resources and Tourism, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu, Anhui, China, 241003
  • Received:2012-05-15 Revised:2012-08-11 Online:2012-12-10 Published:2012-12-10

Abstract: The trans-river development is an important measure for riverside cities to expand the space and achieve the great-leap-forward development.Affected by many factors, trans-river development of a city is a relatively complex process and a field deserving great concern and study.Based on the analysis of domestic and international trans-river development cities,this paper explores the general pattern and process of the urban trans-river development, and analyzes the influencing factors and driving mechanisms for the urban trans-river development from the perspective of the subject organization ways.Results are obtained as follows:(1)The trans-river development of riverside cities have four patterns: independent leap pattern,combination leap pattern,mergers leap pattern and joint leap pattern.The independent leap pattern and the mergers leap pattern are the two common trans-river development patterns in China.(2)The trans-river development of riverside cities generally experiences four stages:embryonic stage,growth stage,accelerating development stage and stable development stage.The trans-river development of cities in a small river basin is a gradual process which results from urban self-organization,while the trans-river development in a big river basin is the result of heter-organization,mainly concentrating on the accelerating development period.(3)The trans-river development of riverside cities is influenced by many factors,such as natural conditions,economy,society, politics,science and technology.(4)The trans-river development of a city is driven by many forces such as demand force,guarantee force,guiding force and impetus.At present, system innovation,spatial integration,establishment of industrial parks and traffic guidance are the primary guiding and driving forces.This paper also provides theoretical basis for the cities of trans-river development.

Key words: riverside city, trans-river development pattern, trans-river development process, driving mechanism