SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2017, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (2): 228-235.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2017.02.008

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The Matching Pattern of Housing-Shopping Space Based on Residents’ Daily Shopping Behaviors: A Case Study of Communities in Guangzhou, China

Danxian Wu1,2(), Suhong Zhou3,4()   

  1. 1.Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
    2.University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
    3.School of Geography Science and Planning,Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275,Guangdong, China
    4.Guangdong Key Laboratory for Urbanization and Geo-simulation, Guangzhou 510275, Guangdong, China
  • Received:2016-02-07 Revised:2016-07-24 Online:2017-02-25 Published:2017-02-25
  • Supported by:
    National Nature Sciences Foundation of China(41522104;41271166);Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities(15LGJC24)


Geographers increasingly focus on spatio-temporal patterns of shopping behaviors and its influencing factors in China. However, few researchers try to unscramble the matching pattern of housing-shopping space based on microcosmic behaviors. Based on residents’ daily shopping behaviors closely related with their basic need and living quality under the macro-background, the evaluation of the pattern of housing-shopping space in communities of Guangzhou will contribute a lot to the construction of community commercial facilities. In this article, firstly we figure out the matching relationship between residents' daily shopping and the supply of community commercial facilities through a major index of distance. Then based on a multiple linear regressive model, we try to quantitatively explore those factors influencing the above matching pattern. The paper takes into consideration four major factors for further analysis: institutional-structural factors, the supply of surrounding commercial facilities, preference of daily shopping destination, social-economic properties of individual and family. Several results are carried out as follow: Generally the matching relationship of housing-shopping space behaves well, in which the construction of community facilities within 1 500 meters counts a lot. However, the relationship in the suburbs is much worse than that in the center. System-space-social changes have different effects on the above relationship in the suburbs, ranging from the marketization of housing, the reform of housing system, suburbanization to the changing of commerce types. Those significant factors can be summarized to two parts: objective restrict and subjective decision. On the one hand, the article verifies the effects of house type, macro-location of dwelling and supply of its surrounding commercial facilities. House type and macro-location of dwelling both play an indirect role .What really matters is the supply of specific type of commercial facilities within a certain distance. In other words, it’s more effective to improve the comprehensive commercial facilities within 1 500 meters away from home. On the other hand, social-economic properties of residents and their preference are also influencing factors. It’s worth noting that residents’ preference for shopping complex is increasingly visible with the retail format transition and lifestyle change. During the transition period, it’s common to find such kind of mismatch of housing-shopping space in the suburbs in Guangzhou. So some suggestions are given to make it possible to solve the above problem of mismatching effectively. Not only should we improve the spatial relationship according to different location characteristic, community type and group attribute, but we should also reinforce the construction of commercial complex within walking distance.

Key words: daily shopping, housing-shopping space, spatial matching pattern, urban transformation, community, Guangzhou

CLC Number: 

  • K901.2