ABSTRACT

Beginning with the economic reforms of the late 1970s, the last three decades have witnessed an extraordinary urban growth in China. Promoting urbanisation has become a central policy to sustain economic prosperity. While various projections anticipate an ‘urban billion’ era for China, other dynamics, such as globalisation and the development of vast mega-city regions, will reinforce the role of cities as centres of production and consumption as well as of social and political transformation.