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Special Feature: The City, Laboratory of the New China

New Public Space in Urban China

Fewer Walls, More Malls in Beijing, Shanghai and Xining
Piper Gaubatz
p. 72-83


China’s post-reform modernisation and hyper-urbanisation have brought new public spaces to Chinese cities. This article examines the development of a public sphere and five types of new public spaces: newly-open landscapes, squares, commercial spaces, “green” spaces, and transitional spaces. Specific examples are drawn from Beijing, Shanghai, and Xining.

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Bibliographical reference

Piper Gaubatz, « New Public Space in Urban China », China Perspectives, 2008/4 | 2008, 72-83.

Electronic reference

Piper Gaubatz, « New Public Space in Urban China », China Perspectives [Online], 2008/4 | 2008, Online since 01 December 2011, connection on 10 April 2021. URL : ; DOI :

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Piper Gaubatz

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