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East Asia Library Guides: China

Chinese Studies Resources: Place Names, Atlases, and Maps [Back to Table of Contents]

1. Place Names

Zhongguo li shi di ming da ci dian (中国历史地名大辞典)
Call# DS706.5 C4722X 1995 East Asia Library Reference
& Ch¯ugoku rekishi chimei daijiten (中國歷史地名大辭典)
Call# DS705 L7419 1980 East Asia Library Reference
These two dictionaries on Chinese historical place names have different coverages, so users may need to look at both when searching for a place name.

Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo di ming da ci dian (中华人民共和国地名大词典)
Call# DS705 .Z586 1998 East Asia Library Reference
Most comprehensive modern place-name dictionaries.

2. Atlases and Maps

Zhongguo li shi di tu ji (中国历史地图集)
Call#: G2306 S1 C55 1982 (LC), East Asia Library Reference
Call#: G2306 S1 C55 1981 (LC), SML Stacks
Most accurate maps of historical changes in China's external boundaries, internal administrative boundaries, and toponyms.

Zhongguo gu dai di tu ji (中国古代地图集) 3v.
G2305 C54 1990(LC)+: Warring States to Yuan Dynasty;
G2305 .Z45 1995 (LC)+: Ming Dynasty;
G2305 .Z46 1997 (LC)+: Qing Dynasty
Contains 650 reproductions of premodern maps in China.

To find contemporary maps and atlases, search Orbis.

3. GIS and Electronic Atlas

CHGIS China Historical Geographic Information System

Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI) lists a number of other China-related GIS and digital projects.