PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2018, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (12): 1609-1622.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2018.12.003

Special Issue: 粤港澳大湾区

• Special Column: Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area • Previous Articles     Next Articles

Understanding the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area from the perspective of mega-city region

Xun LI1,2(), Jinmiao ZHOU1, Yaofu HUANG3, Meiyu HUANG3   

  1. 1. School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
    2. Urbanization Institute of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
    3. Academy of Urban & Rural Planning and Design, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China;
  • Received:2017-10-27 Revised:2018-06-30 Online:2018-12-28 Published:2018-12-28
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41571118

Abstract:

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is one of the most urbanized city regions in the world. This study aimed to understand the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area by applying the theoretical framework of mega-city region. We regarded the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area as a mega-city region and analyzed its spatial structure from four dimensions: intraregional boundaries, functional network, core area, and regional infrastructure integration. Four development trends were identified: (1) Boundary effect is reducing remarkably and border areas will grow rapidly inside the Greater Bay Area. (2) Industrial clusters become functional areas in a functional network, replacing cities to be the basic unit in global competition. (3) Two core areas can be identified, including the Guangzhou-Foshan core area and the Hong Kong-Shenzhen core area. (4) Rail transit station density tends to increase and a global transportation hub is emerging, which make it convenient for people in the Greater Bay Area to share transportation hub and public service facilities. In the end, the article presents a vision of spatial structure for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, concluding that this mega-city region will form a new structure of 'two cores and functional areas.'

Key words: mega-city region, Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, regional integration, spatial structure