Nowadays, the urban economic geography of China is undergoing unprecedented changes. This change is reflected on two dimensions： first, city＇s energy levels are constantly rising; second, city＇s hierarchy is basically stereotyped. The contradiction between the jumps of energy levels and the formation of hierarchy is the objective reality of the urban economic geog- raphy in contemporary China. It means for ambitiously strong second-tier cities, the improve- ment space in terms of energy level is still great, but it is impossible to compare with those first- tier cities. Therefore, for them, the better choice is to respect the urban level order formed by the reform and opening up during the past four decades and turn their focus and energy on upgrad- ing the urban energy level.
energy levels and hierarchy