Development and Planning in Seven Major Coastal Cities in Southern and Eastern China

  • Jianfa Shen
  • Gordon Kee

Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 120)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Jianfa Shen, Gordon Kee
    Pages 1-28
  3. Jianfa Shen, Gordon Kee
    Pages 29-60
  4. Jianfa Shen, Gordon Kee
    Pages 211-238
  5. Jianfa Shen, Gordon Kee
    Pages 239-254
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 255-261

About this book


This book analyzes the recent growth of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Fuzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and Hong Kong, seven major Chinese coastal cities. The authors detail theoretical mechanisms, spatial and non-spatial models of development, all while exploring possible directions to sustainability. They also look at how these cities have developed over the last 30 years, from the late 1970s to the 21st century. Each has its own unique background, regional and national positions, advantages, and functions. Using diversified approaches and measurements for each city, the authors argue that structural changes are necessary to achieve much needed sustainable development. The book covers developmental issues such as the regaining of central city and global city statuses, the role of governments in steering development, and achieving goals through mega projects, urban competitiveness, positioning, and branding. Including varied assessment and intense suggestions for structural changes, this book addresses core concerns for the sustainable growth of these metropolises. A valuable book for students, researchers and policy makers.


GeoDesign Chinese Coastal Cities Urban Governance Urban Competitiveness Mega Project Positioning and Branding Regional Governance

Authors and affiliations

  • Jianfa Shen
    • 1
  • Gordon Kee
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geography and Resource ManagementThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatin, NTHong Kong
  2. 2.Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific StudiesThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatin, NTHong Kong

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-46420-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-46421-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5499
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0072
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