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National Geographic Atlas of China Hardcover – November 6, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1426201363 ISBN-10: 1426201362

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (November 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426201362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426201363
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

National Geographic cartographers bring more than 90 years of mapmaking experience and cutting-edge technology to bear on every atlas product.

Customer Reviews

Very informative for anyone interested in China.
Matthew M.
I was expecting maps with much better detail than this atlas contained, especially from National Geographic.
See the World
I love the maps and the ease of being able to find places.
F. Parker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Dowdell on May 18, 2010
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This is not a cartographic atlas... more an atlas of maps to understand China, to get a sense of how it is put together. There are regional maps and some city maps, but the real action is in the infographics.

Which areas are fertile plains, which arid, which mountainous and green? What are the population densities per region? Where is Internet use concentrated? How are languages distributed across the region? Where are the water flows, the catchments? Where does wheat grow, corn, rice?

If you're looking for a street map, it's better to buy one locally... rapid change means details change. But if you're looking to understand the big factors driving China, then this National Geographic atlas is a wonderful, innovative resource.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Sue Wilburn on February 7, 2010
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I received this gift from my wife. We have several Chinese immigrants that work at a local restaurant that I frequent. With the language barrier it was difficult to communicate with them. When I received the book Atlas of China, I didn't think that it was going to be helpful. But I took it to the restaurant, and it brought smiles to the to the entire family that ran the restaurant and all of their staff. I have been asked to continue to bring the book back in when I return. Now they are able to show me where they are from. They are starting to speak up about their families and we are learning together the differences in our languages. I have enjoyed reading the rich histories of this country and have been able to make folks from there feel better about being here.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Richard Lyons on June 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Headed to China within a month, I purchased this book to help me develop a mental picture for the trip. Besides the terrific maps, the book addresses the internal migration of Chinese citizens, the transition from an agriculatural to industrial economy, and related issues that will undergird what will be experienced on the trip. It is current, and for the price, a terrific value.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Trovato on July 6, 2010
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This is probably the best place to start. The maps are clear and detailed and better than most fold maps. The rest is mostly diagrams with relatively little text. The available book-length geographies are mostly reprints of older works. Yi-Fu Tuan's 'A Historical Geography of China' (1969) is a meditation on the interaction of man and nature over the last two thousand years. L. Richard's 'Comprehensive Geography of the Chinese Empire' (1905) is indeed comprehensive and describes China as seen by western merchants and diplomats in the last years of the Manchu dynasty. L.H. Dudley Buxton's 'China: The Land and the People' (1929) is thorough. T.R. Tregear's 'A Geography of China' (1965) has more detail and is not as well written. The long section of the economy is out of date. I would suggest the National Geographic book and then Buxton.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. on September 15, 2011
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This is a good atlas that covers many dimensions: physical geography, economics, linguistics, and many other aspects. Very informative for anyone interested in China.

There were two areas where it was lacking: It could have had more historical maps of China at different periods. It's also irritating that the maps are labeled with transliterations of the Chinese words for "lake", "city", or "river". For example, it says "Shanghai Shi" instead of "Shanghai Municipality." The editors should have stuck with the English for those common terms.

One other note: The maps don't use Chinese characters or pinyin. This isn't necessarily a fault, but if you are interested in maps with the Chinese characters, you'll have to look somewhere else.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By See the World on November 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was expecting maps with much better detail than this atlas contained, especially from National Geographic. The best detailed maps I have found are the Nelles series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Healy on May 3, 2010
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Very good atlas of China. The right size to fit into suitcase or carry-on. Good street maps of big cities. Good background history of China. Found this atlas very helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TL on August 21, 2012
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Seems like they spend a lot of time with the formatting and graphic design, and I was disappointed that they only highlight a few major cities (and they seem to be chosen haphazadly). It's good for someone who doesn't want anything specific, but it's not really detailed or comprehensive.
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