Scholars have been debating the sources of spatial inequality in China- research highlighted the interactive effects of the state and market. as well as global and domestic forces. The notions of multiscalarity and multimechanism, centered on the triple transition of globalization,marketization, and decentralization, have been developed and applied to analyze spatial inequality in China The role of state institutions and foreign investment has been emphasized (Fan 1995b; Li and Wei 2010b; Remington and Cui 2015). China’s economic reforms are administratively and spatially uneven, and often biased towards higherranked cites, and coastal cities and regions, heavily influenced by the growthpol theory. Hierarchical structure also underlies the rapid urban expansion in China’s largest cities (Li and others 2015), as well as the skyrocketing housing prices in top Chinese cities especially Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. Reform policies have encouraged the concentration of foreign capital in coastal cities, the growth of coastal provinces, and an intensification of the coast-interior divide (Li and Wei 2010a; Huang and Wei 2016).