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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Geography

Title

Evolving residential and employment locations and patterns of commuting under hyper growth: The case of Guangzhou, China

Language

English

Abstract

Chinese cities have experienced rapid growth and restructuring in recent times. This paper examines the evolving residential and employment locations and the changes in the patterns of commuting in Guangzhou, China. Tabulations derived from household surveys conducted in 2001 and 2005 show rapid suburbanisation of both residence and employment. Intrazone traffic today dominates the commuting scene in both the central core and the suburbs. The mean commute distance and mean commute time have increased, but the increases are quite modest. Estimation of residential and employment density gradients reveals differential decentralisation of different population groups. Multivariate analysis indicates that commute distance generally increases with income and occupational status. Males in Guangzhou used to have appreciably shorter commutes than females; but the difference has decreased in recent years, suggesting convergence in commuting behaviour between the Chinese and Western cases. © 2010 Urban Studies Journal Limited.

Publication Date

2010

Source Publication Title

Urban Studies

Volume

47

Issue

8

Start Page

1643

End Page

1661

Publisher

SAGE Publications

ISSN (print)

00420980

ISSN (electronic)

1360063X

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