The main purpose of this article is to reveal the trend and pattern of regional disparities in Guangdong province since China' s reform. Four parts are included in this research : 1 )a discussion and evaluation of recent studies on regional disparities in China, 2)Method and indicies used to measure regional disparties in this analysis.3)Messurement of regional disparties in Guangdong, in which three aspects of regional disparties in Guangdong, namely. regional disparities at the county level .regional disparites between sub-regions in Guangdong and disparities within sub-re-gions, and analysis of their development during 1980?990. Ddisussion about the developing trend of regional disparities. The study revealed that significant regional disparities had existed in Guangdong before the reform. Since the reform .regional disparities in Guangdong has been great-ly increased. The incrcascing regional disparities was mainly resulted from the expanding differ ence between the Pearl River Delta and the rest of the province. Although the Pearl River Delta has the largest internal inequality , the development during 1980?990 showed a tendency to dc crease this difference. The process of regional disparities are closely related with the reform pro-cess in Guangdong. Finally measures to tackle the problems in economic development and increas-ing regional disparities are discussed.
Acta Geographica Sinica