In contemporary China, the evolution of productive land is related to specifi c government policies and the changing spatial conditions of the nation. Urban agriculture is particularly developed in the friction area between the (ever growing) urban and (threatened) rural territories. Different ways of cultivating the peri-urban areas are described in the paper, through the exploration of three cases of urban agriculture in Beijing. Whereas the fi rst two - Liuminying and Xiedao - show a major concern for sustainable production and agro-tourism, with a less embedded relationship with their respective contexts, the Taihu project is more rooted to its locale and provides a strong answer to the ecological sensitivity of the site. It can be argued that the Taihu case study exemplifi es an alternative to China’s ever-booming amount of and seemingly randomly placed agro-tourism sites.
Keywords: Beijing; urban agriculture; peri-urban