NDRC unveils guidelines for shrinking citiesor the first tim

The government has for the first time added guidelines on the development of shrinking cities into a document outlin

ing key urbanization tasks this year as the country experiences an unprecedented urban expansion.

The shrinking small and medium cities should adjust their planning to c

ontrol the rise of urban construction land and efficiently use the available land, guiding populat

ion and public resources to concentrate in urban areas, according to the document released on Monday by the N

ational Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planner.

A shrinking city usually means a dwindling population, emerging vacant spaces and t

he underuse of existing urban infrastructure, said researchers from both home and abroad.

National Business Daily reported Wednesday that 22 Chi

nese cities experienced continuous dwindling population in three years, ac

cording to its statistics based on data from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.