Based on questionnaire survey on the daily shopping behaviors of the C hinese urban elderly, this paper compares the spatial structures of shopping beh avior of the elderly in Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai. The authors also point o ut the general spatial characteristic of shopping behavior of the elderly in Chi nese cities on a large scale. By aggregate analysis, it is indicated that the sp atial characteristics of shopping behaviors of the Chinese urban elderly accordi ng to the distance decay law and its decrease ratio declines with the increase o f distance. Based on comparable analysis, the authors find that the shopping beh aviors of the elderly in Beijing decline firmly according to the increase of dis tance; the shopping behaviors of the elderly in Shenzhen decline in a fluctuatin g way with the increase of distance, expressing a spatial structure of 'leapfrog concentration'; and the number of shopping activities of the elderly in Shangha i decreases most quickly. These differences have close relations to the developm ent level of urban commercial establishments.
Acta Geographica Sinica