Coordinating Urban and Rural Development in China

Coordinating Urban and Rural Development in China

Learning from Chengdu

Ye Yumin and Richard LeGates

This detailed study offers a succinct yet comprehensive introduction to China’s crucial policy to coordinate urban and rural development. It describes the theoretical, political, and economic reasons why China allowed a large gap between urban and rural incomes, public services, and quality of life to emerge, and the recent national and local government efforts to narrow this inequality.

Chapter 3: The Chengdu model of coordinated urban–rural development: framework and strategy

Ye Yumin and Richard LeGates

Subjects: asian studies, asian development, asian urban and regional studies, development studies, asian development, development studies, urban and regional studies, urban studies


Chengdu’s coordinated urban and rural development program is designed to produce a new way of integrating rural areas with urban areas. But Chengdu has not simply aimed at a new urbanization pattern. From the time it started its first experimental reforms in 2003, Chengdu has defined its mission as achieving Chengdu’s overall economic and social development into a form of coordinated urban development characterized by new industrialization, new urbanization, and rural modernization. Chengdu is following former President HU’s approach to scientific development.

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