PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2016, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (8): 963-974.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2016.08.005

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Identify of the multiple types of commercial center in Guangzhou and its spatial pattern

Kangmin WU1,2,3(), Hongou ZHANG2,*(), Yang WANG2, Qitao WU2, Yuyao YE2   

  1. 1. South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, CAS, Guangzhou 510301, China
    2. Guangzhou Institute of Geography, Guangzhou 510070, China
    3. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Online:2016-08-25 Published:2016-08-25
  • Contact: Hongou ZHANG;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41401164, No.41301132;Science and Technology Program of Guangzhou, China, No.201510020011, No.201609020002


The identification of different functional types of commercial center in a city is of great significance to understanding the spatial structure of business. Compared to the traditional methods, the analysis of big data produces more accurate result and is more convenient. Taking the 59125 POI (Point of Interest) data of Guangzhou City as the basic data, we identified the boundaries of the multi-functional commercial centers and explore their spatial structure and pattern by using the methods of kernel density analysis, statistical analysis, and nearest distance analysis. The result shows that: (1) The commercial area structure presents a clear dual-core distribution, with the Yuexiu District and the Tianhe District constituting the cores. (2) Different types of commercial centers show clear spatial variations. The urban services center and the public service center are located in the Yuexiu District and the business center and the financial center are located in the Tianhe District. Entertainment centers present the characteristics of dispersed clusters. (3) The spatial structure of business is a combination of zones and clusters. The urban services, public service, and business functions are concentrated in the inner zones and the entertainment functions can be found in all areas.

Key words: business geography, spatial structure of business, commercial center, POI (Point of Interest), Guangzhou