Since it was established in 1954, SinoMaps Press has published various editions of the atlas of China. The 2006 edition Atlas of China, compiled with digital mapping technique and the latest data available, is an important reference book for a general study of China and its geographical background.
The Atlas consists of three parts: the introductory maps, the provincial maps, and the place-name index.
The introductory maps comprise 17 thematic maps, which supply the general information of China as a whole, from the aspects of natural, cultural, social and economical environment. Specifically there are maps of administrative divisions, ethnic groups, population, topography, climate, river system, adjacent sea areas, mineral resources, land cover, environmental protection, communications, and tourist resources, etc.
The provincial maps are the main part of the atlas, which includes 34 geographical maps of province-level units, 4 enlarged regional maps, and 39 maps of major cities with captions. The provincial geographical maps reflect in details the administrative territory, physical geography, settlement distribution, communications and tourism of the administrative areas concerned. The maps of major cities give a clear view of the major streets, public services and tourist attractions in the city. The captions give a brief account of the administrative evolution, natural environment, natural resources, economic development and tourism in each administrative area at provincial level. Together these informative captions and beautifully made maps form a good combination.
The index includes about 23,000 place names shown on the 34 provincial maps. Each entry includes the name, the abbreviation of administrative division, a page number and a grid reference.
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