SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2019, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (6): 912-919.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2019.06.006

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Regional Types of the Characteristic Towns and Its Adaptive Path in the Yangtze River Delta Region

Renfeng Ma1,Xiaojing Zhou1,Qian Li2   

  1. 1. Department of Geography & Spatial Information Techniques, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211, Zhejiang, China;
    2. China Insternational Engineering Consultant Corporation, Beijing 100048
  • Received:2018-12-31 Revised:2019-03-03 Online:2019-06-10 Published:2019-06-10
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(41771174)


The Characteristic Town, as a new type of development model for small towns, is with important significance of multidimensional agglomeration and demonstration in the field of population, industry and culture. 69 characteristic towns in the Yangtze River Delta Region are selected as research objects in this study, the methods of ArcGIS spatial analysis and SPSS cluster analysis are applied to demonstrate the spatial characteristics and regional types of Characteristic Town. The research result can be concluded that: 1) The distribution of the characteristic towns in the Yangtze River Delta Region tends to be concentrated in multiple dense areas, particularly, concentrated in the junction of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shanghai and Anhui with Shanghai as the core. The distribution of the characteristic towns in different cities is uneven, and its spatial form is a core with multi-group clusters, it is distributed along the main traffic line and is mostly located in the inter-provincial marginalized area. 2) There are various types of characteristic towns, which significantly influenced by the local characteristic resources and culture. The industrial development-oriented towns are growing, and the tourism-developing characteristic towns are relatively declining in the Yangtze River Delta Region. The geographical types of characteristic towns can be divided into five categories, including the industrial development-type characteristic towns in the plain area or the agricultural service-type characteristic towns, the river network-type characteristic towns or the low-town historical and cultural characteristic towns-tourism-type characteristic towns. It is suggested that the future development should consider the inter-regional heterogeneity and proximity convergence of the characteristic towns, and pay attention to the adjacent township multi-town group to use their respective industrial advantages to jointly develop and enhance the overall competitiveness.

Key words: the Yangtze River Delta Region, characteristic towns, spatial pattern, regional adaptation construction

CLC Number: 

  • K902