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Free Printable Old Maps of China

Here is a collection of old maps of China which are in the Public Domain and free to print.

I have included maps of Hong Kong and Macau as they are part of China. Being born and brought up in Hong Kong, personally, I have a real interest in this collection of vintage maps of China.

I now live in the UK but love to visit Asia whenever I can, especially Hong Kong. As soon as the borders open up again, I will be booking a vacation to the region.

All eyes will be focused on China next month, with the upcoming winter Olympics in Beijing. It’s also Chinese New Year soon. There are some images of traditional Chinese patterns on Pictureboxblue, that you might want to check out.

Interesting Titbits About China

  • China may not quite be the largest country in the world by landmass (it’s third after Russia and Canada), but it is the most populous.
  • The country is officially known as the People’s Republic of China (PCR).
  • China borders 14 different countries (just two less than Russia).
  • Almost one in every five people in the world are Chinese.
  • China has six of the world’s 33 megacities. The largest of which is Shanghai with a population of over 33 million.
  • Despite its landmass, China operates in a single time zone. Everything runs on Beijing time. This means at Chinas most easterly border with Afghanistan, the time difference between the 2 countries is 4.5 hours.
  • Table tennis is the national sport of China.
  • Pandas are the national animal of China.

How to Download The Old Maps Of China

Click on the title above the vintage map of China you want to download. A higher resolution map will open in a new window in your browser. If you then click on that map with your mouse you will have the option to save it to your device.

1. 1920 map of the Chinese Republic & Japan

I particularly like this map as includes a detailed inset map of Hong Kong in the bottom left hand corner. The bottom right corner includes an inset map of Beijing.

(There are more old maps of Japan here).

1920 Map of China Japan and Hong Kong

2. 1953 Old Map Of China In Chinese

A Chinese language map of China, showing the administrative regions. From the collection at the Library of Congress.

1953 Chinese map of China

3. China as Surveyed by the Jesuit Missionaries

1770 Map of China as Surveyed by the Jesuit Missionaries between the Years 1708 & 1717, with Korea & the adjoining parts of Tartary.

Tartary was a blanket term used by Europeans for the areas of Central Asia, North Asia, and East Asia unknown to European geography.

1770 Jesuit Map of China

4. Colton’s Map of China

A vintage Map of China from the 1857 edition of Colton’s General Atlas.

There are inset maps of Canton and Amoy, these cities are now known as Guangzhou and Xiamen respectively.

Coltons Map of China

5. Old Map of China, Indo-China, Malaysia

Map from 1897 Rand McNally and Company Atlas.

Rand MacNally 1897 map of china

6. Map of the Seat of War in China

An old pictorial map of China as a supplement to the Chicago Tribune Sunday, September 16th 1900.

1900 Map of the Seat of War

7. Political Cartoon Map of China 1900’s

A political cartoon map by Tse Tsan-tai, depicted the western powers encroaching on China at the end of the nineteenth century in symbolic form.

The bear representing Russia is intruding from the north, the bulldog head with a lion body representing the United Kingdom is in south China, with its tail around the Shantung peninsula. The Gallic frog is in southeast Asia. The bald eagle representing the United States is approaching from the Philippines. The symbolic Sun behind Japan spreads its rays across Korea onto China, while Japan fishes for Taiwan. Some other European countries, following Prussia, are waiting to invade China at the bottom of the map.

Political Cartoon Map of China

8. 1900 Map Of Hong Kong

A colonial map of Hong Kong. In 1997 the colony became a special administrative region of China.

1900 Map of Hong Kong

9. 1889 Map of Macau

Macau was a Portuguese colony off the coast of China from 1557 to 1999. Since then it has also become a Special Administrative Region of China.

Old Map of Macau

10. Pictorial Map of Hainan Island

This is a beautifully illustrative early 19th Century map of Hainan Island China.

Hainan is the largest and most populous island in China. It lies off the southernmost part of the country.

Old Map of Hainan China

 11. 1853 Map of the Tea Districts of China & India

A map to illustrate Robert Fortune’s visits to the Tea districts of China and India.

Map of the tea districts of China and India

12. 1851 Map of Tibet, Mongolia and Manchuria

Old Map of China by John Tallis, illustrating the northern and western part of the Chinese Empire, “Tibet, Mongolia, and Manchuria”.

Old Map of Tibet Mongolia and Manchuria

13. 1900 War Map of China

Another vintage map of China from the Library of Congress.

1900 War Map of China

14. 1899 Commercial Map of China

United States Government Commercial map of China, showing treaty ports, ports of foreign control, railways, telegraphs, waterways.

15. 1907 Map of Peking and Surrounds

A German map of the Chinese city of Peking and its surrounding suburbs. Peking is an old European name for the capital of China, now called Bejing.

1907 map of Peking

16. National Geographical Magazine Old Map of China

The 1912 National Geographic Magazine map of China and its territories.

National Geographic Magazine Map of China

17. Map Of Shanghai City

Shanghai is the most populous city in China. This 1916 map of the city is from the collection at the Library of Congress.

1916 Map of Shanghai

18. 1944 Map of Greater China

1944 map of Greater China

19. Political Map 1922

A political map of China from the 1922 edition of The Times Atlas.

1922 Political map of China

20. 1945 Map of China Railroads

1945 Map of Railroads

I hope you enjoyed this varied collection of vintage Chinese maps. Don’t forget to check out the many other vintage maps on the site. There are antique maps of the world, country maps and old maps of famous cities.

The major celebration in China each year is their New Year celebrations. This year the Chinese zodiac animal is going to be the tiger, so you might want to check out the tiger drawings and illustrations on Pictureboxblue.

Andrew

Thursday 27th of January 2022

Thanks Claire, Lovely stuff.

claire

Saturday 29th of January 2022

Thank you, you're welcome.

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

Old maps are just so interesting. Thanks for sharing them this week. #HomeMattersParty

claire

Thursday 27th of January 2022

Thank you, I just can't resist an old map, they are fascinating.

Cecilia

Sunday 23rd of January 2022

Lovely collection, Claire! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

claire

Tuesday 25th of January 2022

Thank you so much, I do love my vintage maps.