|Most scholars recognized gated community as a new kind of negative and unacceptable defensive residential pattern under the context of globalization and neoliberal ideologies. However, widely different from west, Chinese gated community was mainly promoted by its endogenous culture and restructuring society, which also reinforced serious urban problems in recent years, such as spatial privatization, social segregation, resident discrimination and traffic inaccessibility. But according to some surveys and local experiences in China, the government reforms of opening gated communities were actually failed since 2005. The objectives of this research therefore are to explain the paradox between the sustaining culture and opponent policy, and the disputes among government, developers, residents and experts about gated community in China. By analyzing its evolution, characteristics, mechanism and trend, we find that gating was represented as distinct symbols for various groups carrying different targets and values, and the solution to eliminate the adverse influences is not to find a new sustainable resident pattern, but to make and implement new estate policies and design specifications.