PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2010, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (12): 1490-1498.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2010.12.004

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Review and Prospect of the Research on Spatial Connection between Port and City

GUO Jianke, HAN Zenglin   

  1. Key Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at Universities, Center for Studies of Marine Economy and Sustainable Development of Liaoning Normal University, Dalian 116029, China
  • Received:2009-09-01 Revised:2010-03-01 Online:2010-12-25 Published:2010-12-25


The port, the key link of the water transportation and the node of amphibious transportation, has a prominent significance. Therefore, the spatial relation between harbor and city has covered many aspects of port city. Taking the port-city and the urban spatial relation which depends on port as the research subject of this paper, through contrasting the similarities and differences in the domestic and foreign researches and the research characteristics of geography, urban science and other different disciplines, the pattern-process-mechanism of the port-city spatial relations is grasped. The paper also discusses the port-city spatial model, spatial growing rule and historical development of cities and ports, and the main arguments in the researches on the domestic and foreign port-city spatial relations. Finally, the development process and other aspects are summarized and appraised, and the prospect and the trend of development are clarified. Suggestions for future research are also proposed.

Key words: research prospect, research review, spatial connection between port and city