The Changing Structure of China's Transnational Urban Network: An analysis through Air Passenger Flow

Authors: Fan Zhang*, East China Normal University
Topics: China, Urban Geography, Transportation Geography
Keywords: Air passenger flow, transnational urban network, 2-mode social network, network Centrality
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: 8216, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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The spatial evolution of the interaction between Chinese cities and foreign cities is accompanied by rapid urbanization and globalization since the start of the opening and reform era in 1978. A more complicated transnational urban network of China still remains under-examined in empirical studies. Air connection offers a notable aspect to reveal the linkages between Chinese cities and foreign cities because air transportation is a basic carrier for long-distance urban interaction. This article focuses on the changing structure of Chinese transnational urban network and proposed a new analytic framework based on the concept of 2-mode social network. There are some significant findings. First, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are the three central cities of Chinese transnational urban network. Besides the central cities, western cities have achieved fast growth rate during the past decade. Second, Chinese cities are closely connected to the cities from surrounding areas such as Seoul and have relatively weak transcontinental connections.

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