PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2019, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (7): 1021-1033.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2019.07.007

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Research progress and prospect of Beautiful China

Qing GAO1(), Huasong LUO2, Zhenbo WANG3,*(), Jinping SONG1   

  1. 1. Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
    2. Collaborative Innovation Center for Geopolitical Setting of Southwest China and Borderland Development, Kunming 650500, China
    3. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Nature Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2019-05-05 Revised:2019-06-06 Online:2019-07-28 Published:2019-07-28
  • Contact: Zhenbo WANG;
  • Supported by:
    National Key Research and Development Program of China, No. 2017YFC0505702;National Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 41771181.


Building Beautiful China is an important starting point for accelerating the reform of the ecological civilization system and realizing the sustainable development of the Chinese nation. At present, the country has set the timetable and roadmap of the construction of Beautiful China. It is of great significance to fully understand the current progress of Beautiful China research to guide future study. The current research on Beautiful China is at an exploratory stage, mainly focusing on the background and connotation of Beautiful China, the discussion of the index system, and the construction path. Among them, the connotation and theoretical basis of Beautiful China is the main body and focus of the present research, but a mature system is yet to be developed. The research of evaluation index system is in the exploration stage, and a unified understanding and standards have not been formed. The research content of the construction path is rather vague, and operability is limited. Future research needs to prioritize the following aspects. The first is to clarify the definition and connotation of Beautiful China, to build a theoretical system, and to answer the question of "what is". The second is to build a differential, development-oriented indicator system that is accessible, can be assessed, and can be implemented, to answer the question of "what to build". The third is to sum up local experiences, build a Beautiful China construction path system, and answer the question of "how to build".

Key words: Beautiful China, indicator system, construction path, review, prospect