Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou is a major Chinese city, famous for its cultural heritage of gardens, temples and lakes. Situated in the Yangtze River Delta, south of Shanghai, the city lies at the centre of a strongly prospering region which is urbanising at an extreme pace. Already now, Hangzhou has over 6 million inhabitants, and has an estimated annual growth of about 100,000 people. This growth results in major pressures on cultural landscapes and the environment. Hangzhou is thus highly appropriate for studying governance of rural-urban land use relationships in the Chinese context of extreme urbanisation. In this context it is important to study how to realize sustainable urban development without constraining the economic development. Which measures for coordinated economic development and sustainable urban-rural land use can contribute to this?


Mr Lihuan Fu, Deputy director, Xia Cheng Division, Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of State Land and resources: flh[at]zxwy.hz.gov.cn


Regional researchers:

You might also wish to contact case study researchers from the region:


Hangzhou, China MUDI (www.mudi.com/),

Irene Burkhardt ( Info@irene-burkhardt.de),

CAF Chinese Academy of Forestry (Mr. HE Youjoun hyjoun163@163.com)



Coordinator of PLUREL's research practice cooperation from Alterra in the Netherlands is Ms. Carmen Aalbers: carmen.aalbers@wur.nl

PLUREL project manager from the University of Copenhagen is Dr. Thomas Sick Nielsen sick@life.ku.dk