PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2002, Vol. 21 ›› Issue (5): 468-476.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2002.05.008

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A Review and Prospect of the Research on Chinese Regional Spatial Structure

LU Yu qi   

  1. College of Geographical Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, Jiangsu China
  • Received:2002-04-01 Revised:2002-07-01 Online:2002-09-24 Published:2002-09-24

Abstract: The school of space has become one of four modern geography schools since classic location theory began to analyze spatial structure. In theory, it is decided by the characteristic of geography, namely regionality. Although regionality determinates the status of geography in knowledge, there has inherent a logistic conflict between the regionality itself and the abstract of theoretical models. Therefore, peeling off extensity from regionality has become the precondition of abstracting theoretical model of regional spatial structure. However, extensity can not solve the whole problem of research on regional spatial structure. We think that the basic theoretical problem of the research on regional spatial structure is harmonizing the relation between space and region correctly. Since China put in forces the policy of reform and opening, Chinese geography kingdom has not only accumulated decade demonstrative analyses but also woken up to the importance of theoretical research adequately. Therefore, Chinese geography kingdom has acquired a lot of research fruits in the induction and abstract of spatial structure model. This paper discusses the main domains and the research ways of spatial structure in the future, which are based on systemic analyses above. Moreover, the author thinks that spatial structure model, spatial thinking, analytical technology, and regional application form four domains of research on regional spatial structure. According to the thinking and ways of forming spatial structure model in physical geography, the author thinks that the abstract of regional spatial structure model may develop in the pedigree from level to uprightness and from space to region. Moreover, this paper discusses the probability and necessity of forming Chinese characteristic spatial school.

Key words: dual nuclei structural model, point axis theory, spatial structure, the theory of central place

CLC Number: 

  • K901