PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2010, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (12): 1532-1540.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2010.12.009

• Original Articles • Previous Articles     Next Articles

The Characteristics and Forming Mechanisms of Gentrification in Cities of Western China: The Case Study in Chengdu City

HUANG Xing, YANG Yongchun   

  1. College of Earth and Environmental Science, Key Laboratory ofWestern China’s Environment System, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, China
  • Received:2010-03-01 Revised:2010-06-01 Online:2010-12-25 Published:2010-12-25


Gentrification is a new phenomenon of urban social geography in 1960s. Recently, the empirical research about gentrification is one of the hot studies in human geography in China. However, it is seldom to find the researches in China’s western cities. Based on the methodology of qualitative research and deep interviews, taking three areas of gentrification in Chengdu as research cases, this paper aims to analyze the characteristics and the driving forces of Chengdu’s gentrification. The authors find that the phenomenon of Chengdu’s gentrification trend to diversification and its formation mechanism become more complicated. The real reasons are caused by the state government polices, the institutional innovation, the industrial restructuring, firms-sponsored and the residents’wishes promotion. These different factors interaction eventually led to the gentrification in Chengdu. First, the phenomenon of gentrification seems to have the diversifying tendency, the waterfront gentrification, the new-build gentrification on the brown field and the tourism gentrification have the phenomenon as the same as the China’s eastern cities, even the western countries’cities; Second, contemporary gentrification has become increasingly complex, because different actors and locations have become involved and the landscapes produced have changed, therefore, the driving forces are gradually complicated. All of these aspects are sponsoring the development of Chengdu’s gentrification, and that means the Chengdu’s gentrification become more and more similar to the western countries’cities.

Key words: Chengdu city, China’s western cities, gentrification, mechanism, qualitative research