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This review is from: National Geographic Atlas of China (Paperback)
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 The long section of the economy is out of date.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.