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Characteristic Development Model: A Transformation for the Sustainable Development of Small Towns in China

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Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
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School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3GP, UK
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College of Geography and Environment, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250358, China
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Sustainability 2019, 11(13), 3753; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133753
Received: 10 May 2019 / Revised: 28 June 2019 / Accepted: 29 June 2019 / Published: 9 July 2019
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Abstract

In recent years, the construction of small towns in China has faced many challenges, hindering the sustainable development of small towns. This paper proposes that the traditional development model of small towns no longer meets the current demands, and it urgently needs updating. In the past two years, there has been an increase in the construction of characteristic small towns in China. This is a good beginning for the transformation development of small towns and would bring new opportunities. However, some problems have developed. One example is the emergence of the “blind town”, which means the governors cultivate a featured town blindly without objectively considering the reality of that area. These decisions have a negative impact on the future sustainable development of small towns. Therefore, the governors need to consider the basic conditions of the area, perform a scientific assessment, and present a clear cultivation strategy. This paper presents a preliminary scientific method for the characteristic development mode of small towns with “explore characteristic–evaluate characteristic–nurture characteristic” as the main line, which would be conducive to the characteristic transformation for the steady and sustainable development of small towns in China. View Full-Text
Keywords: small town; transformation; characteristic development; model; sustainable development; China small town; transformation; characteristic development; model; sustainable development; China
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Wang, X.; Liu, S.; Sykes, O.; Wang, C. Characteristic Development Model: A Transformation for the Sustainable Development of Small Towns in China. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3753.

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