PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2016, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (2): 173-183.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2016.02.004

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Provision and regional difference of residential housing indoor facilities in China

Xiaoren XU1,2,3(), Yong XU1,2,*()   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, CAS, Bejing 100101, China
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    3. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2015-05-01 Accepted:2015-07-01 Online:2016-02-10 Published:2016-02-10
  • Contact: Yong XU;
  • Supported by:
    Knowledge Innovation Project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.KZZD-EW-06


This study analyzed the provision and regional difference of four major indoor facilities in residential housing, including tap water, kitchen, toilet, and shower, in Chinese households. Quadrilateral chart method was used to calculate the composite index of provision and regional difference of provision was discussed based on the result. Causes of the detected differences were examined by correlation analysis. At last, policy recommendations were made based on the research findings. The study found that at the county level there was a remarkable regional difference in the provision of the four types of residential housing indoor facilities in China. Their comprehensive conditions differed spatially between the southeastern and northwestern parts of the country as divided by the Hu Huanyong Line that runs from the northeast to the southwest. The composite index values were high in the southeast and low in the northwest. The southeastern part was mainly charactered by very high, high, and medium level provisions. The northwestern part was chiefly featured by low and very low level provisions. There existed significant differences between the eastern, central, western, and northeastern regions. Among the four regions, internal difference was the largest in the eastern region and smallest in the northeastern region. Level of economic development, household income, degree of education, and urbanization rate were important factors influencing the provision of indoor facilities in residential housing.

Key words: residential housing indoor facility, resident, provision, regional difference, China