Here is a collection of old maps of China which are in the Public Domain and free to print.
I have included Hong Kong and Macau maps as they are part of China. Being born and brought up in Hong Kong, I am genuinely interested 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.
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 can save it to your device.
I particularly like this map as it includes a detailed inset map of Hong Kong in the bottom left-hand corner. The bottom right corner consists of an inset map of Beijing.
(There are more old maps of Japan here).
A Chinese language map of China showing the administrative regions. From the collection at the Library of Congress.
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.
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.
Map from 1897 Rand McNally and Company Atlas.
An old pictorial map of China as a supplement to the Chicago Tribune Sunday, September 16th 1900.
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.
A colonial map of Hong Kong. In 1997 the colony became a special administrative region of China.
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.
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.
A map to illustrate Robert Fortune’s visits to the Tea districts of China and India.
Old Map of China by John Tallis, illustrating the northern and western part of the Chinese Empire, “Tibet, Mongolia, and Manchuria”.
Another vintage map of China from the Library of Congress.
United States Government Commercial map of China, showing treaty ports, ports of foreign control, railways, telegraphs, waterways.
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.
The 1912 National Geographic Magazine map of China and its territories.
Shanghai is the most populous city in China. This 1916 map of the city is from the collection at the Library of Congress.
A political map of China from the 1922 edition of The Times Atlas.
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 will be the tiger, so you might want to check out the tiger drawings and illustrations on Pictureboxblue.