Manufacturing-led Peri-Urbanization in Central China: The Case of Wuhan’s Dongxihu District

Authors: Jianyi Li*, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, Douglas Webster, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University
Topics: China, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Peri-urbanization, Interior China, Wuhan, Chinese Urban Planning, Chinese Urbanization
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Gallier B, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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China’s “factory of the world” is moving from the Eastern Coastal Region to the Interior. In the Interior, the manufacturing economy is critical to the peri-urbanization process. Given plenty of previous literature on peri-urbanization in Coastal China, there is a lack of studies on industrial peri-urban zones in Interior China especially Central Region. By conducting a case study in Wuhan’s Dongxihu District, the authors exemplify characteristics of manufacturing-led peri-urbanization in Central China. Dongxihu’s peri-urban area is closer to its core city, given the “metropolitan monopolies” of Interior China, working against inter-city corridor and more spatially diffuse peri-urbanization in the coast. Domestic firms are more prevalent, reflecting the macroeconomic change and the geographic advantages of Central China’s cities in terms of domestic market accessibility. Shorter distance, more hinterland oriented rural labor migration means less cultural diversity in Interior peri-urban regions relative to the Coast. In addition to manufacturing development, residential spillover effects from the core city also compete for peri-land. Different from the rapidly rising consumer-oriented peri-urbanization in the Eastern Coastal Region, the amenity-driven development (e.g., villas and leisure facilities) only affected Dongxihu’s peri-urbanization in the early 2000s and then got crowded out by the increasingly manufacturing-dominated economy.

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