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Here is a Google map of China; you can zoom in to see the area in more detail. A variety of icons have been added by us at Chinasage to show key cities, airports and places of interest.

province maps China sage has a detailed map of all China's provinces. Each carefully produced map shows the main cities, roads airports, mountains, rivers and places of interest. There are also specialist maps for the Yellow River,Yangzi River, Silk Road showing the main features. Many of the dynasty maps in our history section also have general maps.

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Province of China's ancient heartland

Province of China's ancient heartland


The modern province of Shaanxi has many sites of historic interest. Perhaps none more so than the tomb of the First Qin Emperor with its thousands of Terracotta warriors. With the great Yellow River, mountains and arid areas there is a great deal of scenic beauty too.

Writing Chinese phonetically

Because the Chinese language is character not phonetically based it is hard to write down Chinese with a Western alphabet A-Z. British scholars Wade and Giles made a creditable attempt at the end of the 19th century but it had some glaring problems. Perhaps because it was a 'foreign' system the new Peoples Republic set about creating their own system - pinyin, which seems only fair. The repercussion is however that old books use the Wade Giles system and modern ones Pinyin. Some web sites use a mixture if they are referring to historical events. It is still the case that if you want to read about Chinese history you should be broadly familiar with Wade-Giles.
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