PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2008, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (4): 68-74.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2008.04.010

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Location Super ior ity and Accessibility Analysis on Wuhan Metropolitan Region

LU Feng, CHEN Jie   

  1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing, 100101
  • Received:2008-05-01 Revised:2008-07-01 Online:2008-07-25 Published:2008-07-25


Wuhan “1 +8”metropolitan region plays an extremely significant role in central China's construction as well as in the process of national economic development. From the perspective of spatial pattern, this paper adopts the latest administrative division data, fundamental geographic information database and statistic data to conduct quantitative analysis on both transportation accessibility and regional superiority of the present cities within Wuhan metropolitan region. The result shows an obvious regional advantage for the cities compared with other cities in the province. More specifically, Xiaogan occupies the highest indicators in location among all the 8 cities inside the region while Qianjiang, Xiantao and Tianmen comparatively rank behind. Each city is accessible within two hours from other cities in the region. Wuhan and Xiaogan have the highest increasing speed for traveling time distance, while Tianmen, Huangshi and Xianning behave weak and heed to improve their infrastructure construction.

Key words: accessibility, GIS, location, Wuhan metropolitan region