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#1 l0ckx


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Posted 08 December 2005 - 07:48 PM

I just wanted to list some map resources. I was originally looking for ancient war maps or tactical maps since I know we have such a strong prevalence of Chinese warfare experts here at CHF. Unfortunately I had a heck of a time finding any. If anyone has any maps they wish to share, please contribute!!!

Hope you all enjoy!

General Reference & Thematic Maps:

The Geographical Database examines locations in and around China of historical and cultural significance.
***this site offers better "text" resources regarding provincial regions and cities. The maps are for reference only...however, the info on the site is extremely resourceful.

Sailing route of Zheng Ho.
**Map is a bit confusing...but shows the sailing routes used by Zheng Ho.

This was brought up in another thread by GZ, thanks!

Maps, archaeology, art, divinities, people (emperors), historical sites, historical illustrations, technology, customs, stereotypes, and Middle Eastern images, compiled by City University of New York. The maps look like they are all scanned and have poor quality, however they do the job in portraying dynasty borders. The quality is kind of crummy, but the other pictures on here I thought could be helpful.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection is a great resource. Huge selection of thematic (specific area) maps, showing agricultural regions, industry, military regions, pop density, precipitation, linguistic groups, etc. However, most thematic maps are outdated from the 70’s or 80’s. Many maps you see on the internet you will also find here as well.

This is another great resource for maps from ancient to present times. Site in both English and Chinese. Highly Detailed.

This one is entirely in Chinese, but if you click on the forth link it takes you to sets of maps ranging from 475BCE – 1911CE.

Information on missionaries from Rome, with some interesting maps. In the first one there is no Australian continent!

Dynastic Territories:


Silk Route & Great Wall:

This site is amazing. Not only does it have a semi-interactive map of the Silk Route, it contains a database with over 100,000 manuscripts, paintings, and artifacts from Dunhuang and other Silk Road sites. A great map which is broken down into quadrangles and somewhat interactive. Click a quadrangle and the section is maximized.

Nice map of the Great Wall. The map is split up into the 9 provinces the wall runs through, and displays its path through each.

Interactive Maps:

“The Jingban tianwen quantu reflects a Sinocentric world view in which every country but China is relegated to the periphery.” Late 18th century map.

This is an interactive provincial map.

European maps of China:

(China & Japan)

Here are some early maps designed by Russian cartographers in late 19th and early 20th century. Mostly autonomous regions; Tibet, Taklamakan Desert, Khotan, Kashgar, and Urumqi. However they may be hard to read, they are still cartographic masterpieces…hand drawn! I’m in the process of opening the images stored in the catalog link .zip file. I will be sure to get them posted as soon as I can.

China in Maps: 16th-19th Century, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Library.

Many maps here also in the HK University of Science & Technology site too, but this site loads maps faster. The first map is a street map of Shanghai, designed for Allied forces in 1945.

European hand drawn maps of Chinese provinces in the 17th century.


Historical maps of Chinese cities and surrounding regions.

Chinese Treaty Ports from 1842 - 1920.

Historical maps of Tianjin.

Macau: A Selection of Cartographic Images.


The Tibet Map Institute. Tibet only.

Maps of Kham. “Kham is the Tibetan name for the eastern third of the Tibetan plateau.”



A wealth of resources for maps of Taiwan throughout history. Highly detailed.

1896 Scottish map of Taiwan. Highly detailed.

Hong Kong, Maco, & Canton

Selected Maps and Views of Macau: 1655 - 1764
**Great Resolution and fine maps!

Map of Guangdong and Hanian Island. Maps published in 1655 by the Jesuit priest Father Martino Martini.


Map of Scenic Attractions along the Yangzi River (detail), 1867. A beautiful work of art.

The Upside-down World Map

Three Gorges Dam project map

Edited by l0ckx, 16 November 2006 - 10:45 PM.

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Posted 08 December 2005 - 08:14 PM

Wow..thanks for the links.. they really are helpful.. :) I'm gonna pin this up...

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Posted 08 December 2005 - 09:34 PM

Wow..thanks for the links.. they really are helpful.. :) I'm gonna pin this up...

I'd like to point out in the first link to the Taiwan maps, it also contained several tables of Linguistics studies. People who are interested in Linguistics and those who knows Malay should take a look.

Very interesting. To tell you the truth, I don't even know some of the tribes listed on there....
mudanin kata mudanin kata. kata siki-a kata siki-a. muhaiv ludun muhaiv ludun. kanta sipal tas-tas kanta sipal tas-tas. kanta sipal tunuh kanta sipal tunuh. sikavilun vini daingaz sikavilun vini daingaz.

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 04:41 PM

Here is a map of China from 1775

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 01:12 PM

Here are some high quality scans of Chang'an during the Tang Dynasty. These scans are taken from Daily Life in Traditional China: The Tang Dynasty by Charles Benn.

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The numbers on the map are explained in the scans below:

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And finally, from the same book, a map of the Tang Dynasty circa 742 AD:

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 10:02 PM

thx for the great links i especially like the ancient china ones ^^

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 03:52 AM

There is another China map on this site: http://www.chinatrav...om/destination/

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