PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2018, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (5): 647-654.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2018.05.008

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A geographical analysis on the positive investment projects in rural vitalization under time-space compression:A case study of Guangzhou City

Shangyi ZHOU(), Weilin XU   

  1. Faculty of Geographical Science, Bejing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Received:2018-04-21 Revised:2018-05-06 Online:2018-05-28 Published:2018-05-28
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41771148;Collaborative Innovation Center for Geopolitical Setting of Southwest China and Borderland Development;Major Research Plan of National Social Science Foundation of China, No.14ZDB139


The Report of the 19th CPC Congress puts forward the strategy of rural vitalization. The role of human geographers is to participate in various rural vitalization practices and to think of it from the perspective of space and region. David Harvey, a representative of the Marxist geography, pointed out that the phenomenon of time-space compression had aggravated the crisis of capital accumulation. To eliminate the crisis needs the revolution in production modes and production relations. This study used the data of rural investment projects of enterprises in Guangzhou City from 2015 to 2017 published on the Guangdong Provincial Government’s official website, to find out what projects tried to eliminate regional development gaps and resisted the pure pursuit of capital profits. This will provide a basis for the government to target its support. The research method was empirical analysis of the statistical data. The conclusions of this study are as follows. First, the spatial distribution of investment projects indicates that the majority of the investments in the rural vitalization of Guangzhou City from 2015 to 2017 followed the “pure” market principle—the investment projects are mainly in the suburbs close to the central city, and the large-scale investment projects are also concentrated there. This distribution is the result of time-space compression. Second, a small number of the rural investment projects for rural vitalization in Guangzhou City from 2015 to 2017 are not purely pursuing profits. These investment projects are mainly on improving the environmental quality of rural areas, rather than on production. These may be regarded as spatial restoration projects, not for strengthening capital circulation. These investment projects can better reflect people's understanding of the nature of a happy life and have positive meanings.

Key words: rural vitalization, space-time compression, spatial distribution of investment, Guangzhou City