Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China
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Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China

Edited by Chia-Lin Chen, Haixiao Pan, Qing Shen and James J. Wang

Since 1978, when China embarked on a new period of economic reforms and introduced open door policies, it has experienced a great urban transformation. The role of transport has proved indispensable in this unprecedented rapid urbanisation and economic growth. As the first research-focused book dedicated to this important topic, the Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China offers new insight into the various opportunities and challenges brought by fast-paced motorization and urban development, and explores them in broad spatial-economic, environmental, social, and institutional dimensions.
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Chapter 6: The interrelations between railway station and its neighbouring areas: a case study of Guangzhou Station

Xiaoxing Zhang and Yinsheng Tian


The chapter presents an in-depth case study of Guangzhou Rail Station on the spatial-economic evolution of its neighbouring area. A concept of the “Station Related Area” has been proposed to differentiate from the “Station Area” to explore the perspectives of spatial pattern and changes of land use over time, shaped by a dynamic mechanism. This study illustrates the role and impact of stations on station related areas. By analyzing the uniqueness and representativeness of the Guangzhou Station Area case under Chinese contexts, the chapter concludes the future development of the Guangzhou Station Area and the implications for future research.

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