PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2018, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (9): 1216-1230.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2018.09.005

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Research progress and prospects of high-speed rail effects on urban spatial structure in China

Yinfeng XU(), Degen WANG*()   

  1. School of Architecture, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, Jiangsu, China
  • Received:2017-11-20 Revised:2018-07-07 Online:2018-09-28 Published:2018-09-28
  • Contact: Degen WANG;


The impact of traffic on urban spatial structure has been a key research area of urban geography and transportation geography research. China has entered the era of the high-speed rail (HSR) network, and the impact of HSR on urban spatial structure has become the focus of attention in domestic academia. This study is based on the related literature of the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) from 1999 to 2017. First, the general characteristics of research on the spatial effect in urban space of HSR are summarized from four aspects: changes in the annual number of publications, distribution of journals, core authors, and geographical distribution of authors' affiliated institutions; Second, the progress of research on urban spatial effect of HSR are summarized from four aspects: the HSR effect on urban accessibility, the HSR effect on urban economic development, the HSR effect on regional urban spatial structure, and the HSR effect on urban interior spatial structure. At last, prospects of the future development of urban geography in the era of HSR network are examined with regard to research perspective, content, and disciplines.

Key words: high-speed rail, urban spatial structure, high-speed rail effect (HSR), research progress, China