Recognition, Analysis, and Corresponding Strategies for Shrinking Cities in Northeast China

  • Shuqi GaoEmail author
  • Ying Long
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)


Although most up-to-date studies of shrinking cities are mainly done in western countries, some reports have pointed out that there is quite a number of shrinking cities in developing countries. This paper reviews the relevant research, distinguishes, and analyzes shrinking cities in northeast China, and chooses the City of Yichun as a case study. The paper finds that regional decay, marginality, and institutional change all affect city shrinking, and some more specific factors also contribute to the population shrinking in the City of Yichun. In contrast with shrinking resource-based cities in northwest China, Yichun’s shrinkage has more complex causes, including some unique phenomena such as “suppress the second industry and develop the first industry” and “counter urbanization.” Relevant planning measures are proposed.


Shrinking cities Resource-based city Population shrinking Counter-urbanization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ArchitectureSoutheast UniversityXuanwu District, NanjingChina
  2. 2.School of Architecture and Hang Lung Center for Real EstateTsinghua UniversityHaidian District, BeijingChina

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