Note: If you are looking for topographic maps of the Himalayas, including regions in China, Nepal, Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan, you should look in our Himalaya Maps Section. Due to the contested borders, etc., we use the Himalayas section as a central link to maps in the various country files.
At the moment some placement is arbitrary (the K2 topo map is in China because it was published in China as part of the series of Chinese mountain maps). We hope to address this in the next few weeks. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]
China Geologic and Thematic Maps and Atlases
Please note that Chinese publications are notorious for having small print runs and are rarely reprinted. While all of the maps listed below are in stock, supplies are limited and new stock may not be available.
*We have translated legends and guides for items marked with an asterisk, and these translations are available only through Omni Resources.
China Political Map. 1:4,500,000. China Cartographic Publishing House, 2nd edition, 1998. A large, attractive map printed on poor quality paper. Bilingual, folded. ISBN 7-5031-2081-9.
1 sheet, folded.
The National Economic Atlas of China. Oxford University Press. 1994. In English. 314 pages. 20" x 14". ISBN 0-19-585736-4.
Series of Environment Geology Map of China. 1:6,000,000. Cartographic Publishing House, 1992. Each comes with a 23-page bi-lingual Explanation booklet as well as a large bi-lingual map. These are an excellent general overview of the geology of China, especially since the maps are in English.
Sample from the Environmental Geology map
Map of Tourist Geological Resources of China.
Map of Special Soil and its Hazards of China.
Map of Environmental Geology Division of China.
Map of Soil Erosion of China.
Map of Karst Collapse of China.
Map of Desert and Desertification of China.
Map of the Hazards Caused by Groundwater of China.
Map of Debris Flow Hazards of China.
Map of Geological Nature Reserves of China.
Map of Soil Salinization and Swamping of China.
Map of Type and Distribution of Landslides & Rockfalls of China.
Set of 11 maps - less 35%.
China Tectonic Map. 1:4,000,000. Geological Publishing House. This map shows more detail than 64-4011 below, but the map is older.
China Tectonic Map of the Linear Structures. 1:6,000,000. Geological Publishing House.
6 sheets, folded
Seismic Intensity Zonation for the Marginal Region of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. A Case Study of the Xichang Prefecture (Text). This book discusses the mechanisms of generation of earthquakes in the Tibetan Plateau region, one of the most seismically active regions of China. Information is given on the structure of the region, characteristics of the seismic activity, and predictions for the future. Hardbound text in English, 131 pp.
The Map of Regional Crust Stability of China. 1:5,000,000. Geological Publishing House, 1997. A detailed map with a 28-page text, completely in English.
Magnetic Lineament Map of China and Adjacent Sea Areas. 1:6,000,000. 1984. CPH. With a 22-page Chinese text and 2-page English abstract.
1 sheet, folded
Seismotectonic Map of China Based on Interpretation of Satellite Images. 1:4,000,000. 1985. Geological Publishing House. Earthquake epicenters and tectonic lineaments are marked on a plain base map. This map is bilingual with a 17-page Chinese text.
Map of Seismocenters in China and Adjacent Areas. 1:6,000,000. 1987. Geological Publishing House. This map shows the location and magnitude of known earthquake epicenters from 780-1984. In Chinese with an *English translation of the legend.
Photo Album of Eight Strong Earthquake Disasters in China (Text). 1983. Seismological Press. This book contains 434 black and white pictures of damage from eight earthquakes of 6.8-7.9 magnitude. The earthquakes all occurred in China between 1966 and 1976. While the book is in Chinese, the photos are self-explanatory and quite interesting, well worth the price of the book.
China Tectonic Systems Map. 1:2,500,000. Geological Publishing House. Bilingual.
Quaternary Geologic Map of the People's Republic of China and Adjacent Sea Area. 1:2,500,000. Geological Publishing House. This is the first English-language Quaternary map of China.
Stratigraphy of the Mount Qomolangma (Tibet) Region (book). 1987. Science Press. This book describes the recent advances in understanding the stratigraphy of the region. The book is divided into chapters on each of the geologic time periods. Hardcover, 225 pages. In English.
Hydrogeological Atlas of China (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Shuiwen Dizhi Tuji). Various scales. No date. Science Press. This atlas contains 68 double-page maps covering the geology and hydrogeology of China. Hardcover; 272 pages. In Chinese.
China Hydrogeologic Map. 1:4,000,000. 1988. CPH.The oversized map is bilingual and comes with a 2-page English abstract.
Karst Environment Geological Map of China. 1:5,000,000. Geological Publishing House, Beijing, 1997. One sheet, folded, with 43-page descriptive text booklet. Completely in English.
Map of Soluble Rock Types in China. 1:4,000,000. 1985. CPH. The map shows the location, age, structure, and gross composition of carbonate units in China. The map and legend are bilingual; the 50-page text is in Chinese. An *English translation of the text accompanies the map. 160 x 112 cm.
Underground Worlds. Guizhou People's Publ. House. 1987? This atlas is clearly aimed at the tourist market. There are 127 pages of full-color photographs showing a wide variety of features of Chinese caves. The high quality printing includes high-gloss paper and a decent binding. We recommend this book highly. In English, softcover.
Map of the Glacier Resources in the Himalayas. 1:500,000. Science Press, Beijing, 1999. This map shows the spatial distribution and water resources of the present glaciers, and the geomorphological features in the Himalayas. Seven sheets, each shaded relief with basic contour lines overprinted, and glaciers colored in blue. For each area are given the number of glaciers, the surface area (in square km.) and the volume (in cubic km.). ISBN 7-03-007728-8.
Geomorphological Map of China and its Adjacent Area. 1:4,000,000 & 1:10,000,000. Geological Publishing House, Beijing, 1989. One very large "Geomorphological Map" at 1:4,000,000 and separate "Relief Pattern Map of China" and a "Relief Amplitude Map of China" at 1:10,000,000.
Landforms Atlas of the Loess Plateau in China. 1987. Geological Publishing House. The first part of the atlas is a collection of color photos (41 in all) illustrating the major landforms. The second part contains 65 black and white stereopairs with matching topo maps. The color photo captions are bilingual, while the stereopairs are titled in English. Additional text is in Chinese only. Softbound.
China Tames her Deserts: A Photographic Record (text). 1977. Science Press. A 90-page picture book showing how China has reclaimed some of her desert regions. Most pictures are in color; bilingual.
China Paleogeographic Atlas. 1985. CPH. This book contains 83 maps ranging in scale from 1:6,000,000 to 1:25,000,000. Numerous sketch profiles and columnar sections accompany the maps. The maps are arranged by geologic time period and include generalized information on rock types. A 28-page English text in included, with 12 pages of data localities index and 13 pages of stratigraphic names. Hardbound text.
The Fossils of China. Science Press, 2001. Fossils in China is a complete collection of discoveries in and studies on paleontological fossils of China. The book contains hundreds of photographs and drawings of fossils, their suggested living form and habitat, and some text information. Bilingual throughout. ISBN 7-03-009288-0.
Changes in Land, Sea, and Hydrocarbons in China. CPH. In Chinese.
Mineral Deposits of China (text). Geological Publishing House. 1990-1996. This is five volume set is the definitive work covering the various metallic and nonmetallic mineral deposits of China. Eavh volume, in English, is between 200 and 350 pages in length. Hardcover.
Atlas of Mineral Resources and Crust Evolution of China. Typically 1:12,000,000. Geological Publishing House, 1996. Contains 23 "Paleotectonic and Mineral Resources" maps for different geologic time periods. Each map has two pages of descriptive text (one page English, one page Chinese). 16 pages of discussion (in English) are the final chapter in this atlas. A high quality product.
Metallogenic Map of Endogenetic Ore Deposits of China. 1:4,000,000. Cartographic Publishing House, Beijing, 1987. The map has mineral deposits overprinted on a generalized geologic/structural map. A 72-page English text is also included.
Minerogenetic Series Map of Mineral Deposits of China. 1:5,000,000. Geological Publishing House, Beijing, 1998. Three sheets covering different time periods, including Precambrian, Paleozoic, and Mesozoic & Cenozoic. With 127-page descriptive text (completely in English); the maps are bilingual. The maps use symbols to illustrate epoch, genetic types of deposits, minerogenetic series with mineral contents, etc.
The Minerogenetic Geological Map of Nonmetallic Deposits in China. 1:5,000,000. Geological Publishing House, Beijing, 1995. Detailed map showing rock types with nonmetallic resources found in each type of deposit. Two sheets, laminated, with separate 65-page text, completely in English.
Gold Resources Map in Volcanic Regions of China. 1:5,000,000. Geological Publishing House, 1997. The map summarizes known gold deposits and characteristics of volcanic terrain in which the deposits are found. With 14-page descriptive text. Completely in English.
Distributional Map of Tectonic Zones of the South China Sea and its Environs. 1:5,000,000. 1989. CPH. This map covers the South China Sea, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea. Bilingual map with a 123-page Chinese text.
Mineral Resources Maps of China. 1:5,000,000. Geological Publishing House, Beijing, 1992. This map is available in either English or Chinese editions, with a huge difference in price. Includes a "Metallic Resources Map of China", a "Nonmetallic Mineral Resources Map of China", and an "Energy Mineral Resources Map of China". The maps have extensive use of symbols to show rock types, mineral deposits, etc. With 47-page descriptive text.
China Atlas of Ferrous and Nonferrous Metals Resources of China. Geological Publishing House, 1996. This hardcover atlas contains 48 double-page maps, ranging in scale from 1:500,000 to 1:4,000,000. Each map contains two pages of descriptive text and small diagrams, inset maps, etc. The atlas is in Chinese only. ISBN 7-116-02056-X.
China Shaded Relief Map. 1:4,000,000. CPH. Shows physical features of China. In Chinese.
1 sheet, folded
The Map of China's Population Distribution and the Map of China's Population Densities. 1:6,000,000. 1988. CPH. Two sheets with a 53-page text. Bilingual.
China Population Atlas. Oxford University Press. 1987. This atlas contains 217 pages of maps covering all aspects of population in China.
China Atlas of Divided Provinces - Road Communication. August, 1988. DT. Contains maps of the provinces and cities showing roads and bus routes. With a variety of data tables. Softcover, 132 pages, in Chinese. 18 x 26 cm.
Engineering Geologic Map of China. 1:4,000,000. Cartographic Publishing House, Beijing, 1990. Bilingual map with 61-page text (45 pages in Chinese, 15-page English summary). The map mainly shows 6 parts; distribution of rock and soil mass and their basic engineering geological characteristics; regional stability of earth crust; distribution of major exodynamic geological phenomena; hydrogeological setting; geomorphological conditions; and the main anthropogenic engineering geological phenomena.
Atlas of Schistosomiosis Occurrences in China. CPH. Two volumes. In Chinese.
Two volume set
(China)--Geologic Map of the Tibetan Plateau. 1:1,500,000. Geological Publishing House. Undated. This map illustrates the geology of the Tibetan highland country. In Chinese. 63 x 57 cm.
(China)--Quaternary Geological Map of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region China. 1:1,500,000. Geological Publishing House, Beijing, 1994. This map illustrates the geology of the Tibetan highland country. With 81-page English descriptive text. Bilingual map.
Anhui Geologic Map. 1:500,000. Geological Publishing House. With descriptive text. In Chinese.
Anhui Tectonic System Map. 1:500,000. Geological Publishing House. 1985. A two-sheet bilingual map with a 7-page English text.
Atlas of Sustainable Development in Changjiang (Yangtze River) Economic Zone. Ministry of Science and Technology, Beijing, 2001. Includes 66 maps on resources, investment projects, etc. Includes maps, graphs, tables, text. 36 c 50 cm. In Chinese.
Recommended! Atlas of Study on Background Value of Aquatic Environment of the Changjiang River Valley (Yangtze River) . Chinese Academy of Science, 1998. This atlas contains 77 maps detailing a wide variety of subjects concerning the Yangtze (Changjiang) River, from population density along the the river to rock types, to distribution of industry, economic activity. Fifty-two (52) of the maps illustrate distribution of a specific element in the waters. Each map has a page of descriptive text.
About 1/2 of the maps are at 1:8,500,000 and 1/2 at 1:12,500,000. Bilingual, hardbound.
East China Sea Cartographic Map. 1:3,000,000. 1988. CPH. One sheet with contour lines in ocean areas and shaded relief on land. In Chinese.
1 sheet, rolled
East China Sea Topographic Map. 1:3,000,000. 1988. CPH. Same as map above, except lacks shaded relief. In Chinese.
1 sheet, rolled
Regional Geology Map of Guangdong Province. 1:1,000,000. Geological Publishing House. 1988. A detailed bilingual map. With 846-page Chinese and 95-page English text.
Neotectonic Map of the Heibei Plain. 1:500,000. 1985. Geol. Publ. House. This two-sheet map illustrates the tectonics of this region of Eastern China. The map, which is in Chinese, is somewhat generalized and is accompanied by a 30-page Chinese text. 77 x 162 cm. With an *English translation of the legend and text.
Nanling Geologic Map. 1:1,000,000. 1984. Geological Publishing House. This 4-sheet set illustrates the geology of southern China. In Chinese with a separate English legend and an 81-page bilingual text.
Tectonic Map of Nanling and Neighbouring Area. 1:2,000,000. 1989. Geological Publishing House. With explanatory text in English.
Geological Map of Nujiang, Lancang, and Jinsha Rivers Area. 1:1,000,000. 1988. Geological Publishing House. The four-sheet map is bilingual with a 12-page English text.
Geological Map of Qinghai-Xizang (Tibet) Plateau and Surrounding Region. 1:1,500,000. 1989. Geological Publishing House. This map was compiled from regional mapping at the scale of 1:200,000. The set includes a short explanatory booklet. Both map and booklet are in English. Highly recommended.
Shenzhen Geologic Map. 1:50,000. 1989. Geological Publishing House. Two sheets with explanatory text. Bilingual.
(China)--Mesozoic-Cenozoic Volcanic Lithofacies-Structure Map of the Southeast Coastal Area of China. 1:1,000,000. Geological Publishing House, Beijing, 1999. Detailed bilingual four-sheet map, with 52-page English descriptive text.
Xinjiang Uygur Geologic Map. 1:2,00,000. 1988 (compiled in 1985). Geological Publishing House. The four-sheet map is bilingual. A Chinese text with English abstract is also included.
Regional Geology of Zhejiang Province. 1:500,000. 1987. Geological Publishing House. Set contains 1:500,000 geologic and "magmatite" maps and a 1:1,000,000 tectonic map. Complete with a 79-page English text (609-page Chinese text); maps are bilingual.
Atlas of Earth Resources Technology Satellite Image Sets. 1978. CHP. These sets are composed of 9" x 9" printed Landsat images covering the provinces listed below. Each set includes an index map showing the location of the image. In Chinese.
Jiangsu, 10 sheets
Tibet, 76 sheets
Landsat Image Map of China. Science Press. 1991.
6 sheets; 1:2,500,000.
Album of Typical Satellite Imagery of Active Structures of China. Science Press. 1983. This book consists of 157 images (approx. ½ are in color, ½ in black/white). The subjects cover river forms, fault structures, linear structures, active tectonic basins, etc. An English translation of each photo legend is included. Hardbound, 165 pages.
Landsat Image Map of the North China Plain. 1:1,350,000. 1985. Science Press. Six sheets printed on glossy paper.
Landsat Image of the XinJiang Uygur Autonomous Region. 1:2,000,000. 1987. Science Press. Two sheets show the mountain-rimmed plains of northwestern China. 142 x 90 cm. In Chinese.
2 sheets, rolled
Land-Use Map of China (atlas). 1:1,000,000. Science Press, 1990. The map legends are in Chinese & English, while the text is in Chinese only. Hardbound, 21 x 15-1/2." ISBN 7-03-002145-2.
The Land-type Map of China. 1:1,000,000. 1988 (continuing series). This series of quadrangle maps will eventually cover all of China. Those sheets currently in print are listed below. Each map is bilingual with a short (5-35 pages) Chinese-language text. Each map is printed on a topographic base map.