PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2010, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (12): 1525-1531.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2010.12.008

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Review on Urban-rural Linkage in China

FU Chengwei1,2, CHEN Mingxing1   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2010-04-01 Revised:2010-07-01 Online:2010-12-25 Published:2010-12-25


The urban-rural linkage highlights its strategic significance with the accelerated process of urbanization in China. This paper reviews the concept, research perspective and research method on city-rural linkage in order to clarify domestic disordered and confused literatures. There are three characteristics in the urban-rural linkage region: (1) complexity; (2) dynamics; (3) liquidity. Research perspectives on the urban-rural linkage are classified into geography, planning, sociology, economics and public administration. Research methods for the urban-rural linkage include field research, statistical analysis, model analysis, and literature review. The authors believe that literatures on the urban-rural linkage lay more emphasis on its natural characteristics and less on its social characteristics. Researches on city-rural linkage should be switched to the people who live there from the terrain where it stands. So the authors suggest that researches should focus on the following aspects in the future: (1) the pattern of interests, (2) public services and infrastructure services, (3) public management, and (4) economic development.

Key words: research method, research perspective, similar concept, urban-rural linkage