SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2018, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (7): 1079-1088.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2018.07.009

Previous Articles     Next Articles

Logistics Linkage Pattern, Characteristics and Influencing Factors of the Yangtze River Economic Belt Under Different Scales

Zefeng Mi(), Gang Zeng()   

  1. School of Urban and Regional Science, Center for Modern Chinese City Studies, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
  • Received:2017-06-02 Revised:2017-08-14 Online:2018-07-20 Published:2018-07-20
  • Supported by:
    Key Project of National Key R&D Plan of China (2016YFC0502701),General Program of National Natural Sciences Foundation of China(41071093,41371147)


Typically speaking, logistics is an important way to the flow of basic elements, and its linkage specifically reflects the “flow space”. This article describes the logistics connection pattern of the Yangtze River economic belt, and quantitatively studies the influencing factors of logistics, obtaining 55 623 OD data of waterway freight, road freight, rail freight and air freight from the freight professional websites in 2015. Conclusions are as follows: 1) Airway freight is the most active in the western provinces, because it is less affected by underlying surface elements. While in the cross-regional linkage, the feature performed by the east-west linkages among big cities is extremely significant. The waterway freight network is the most developed in the eastern area (especially in Jiangsu), followed by the central region, and the western waterway freight network is still in the initial stage of low-intensity link. Compared with the first two freight network, the overall land freight network is well developed which has formed the pattern of the capital city as the network center. Moreover, the eastern region has begun to develop into multi-center network model. 2) Each mode of logistics linkage is affected by different factors. For example, airway freight is influenced by the difference of inter-regional logistics service capacity and infrastructure, which is more likely to make contact with the greater gap between the cities. Waterway freight is mainly affected by the difference of inter-regional transport capacity. The contact form of “Weak transport capacity of the city: strong transport capacity of the city” is extremely obvious. In general, land freight has the most obvious effect of all aspects, which is the result of comprehensive impact of the various elements. 3) In the provincial scale, it is not obvious of the influence from the various factors due to the distinct conditions of each province. Overall, the larger the scale, the stronger the regularity of the impact of the various aspects, the logistics will reflect.

Key words: the Yangtze River Economic Belt, logistics linkage, freight network, transport capacity

CLC Number: 

  • F503