National Geographic Atlas of China Hardcover – Nov 6 2007
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Particularly disappointing is the limited maps that are included, and the detail and layout of these maps. They are too few in number, too lacking in detail, and what there are, are very difficult to use for being laid out across two pages with the book binding seam in the middle, a feature which obliterates a good part of the centre portion of each meagre map. While in China I purchased a single sheet, fold up map of China for 10 yuan ($1.50 Cdn) which is far more detailed than is found in this atlas. I expected much, much more from the National Geographic. Brand names aren't what they used to be, I guess.
Having dissed the map section of the atlas, I will go on to say that only the other information about China which one expects to find in an atlas is what could bring one's knowledge of China to the "minimal" level stated above, and to allow me to give this product a 2 star rating, otherwise, it would have been off the bottom of the chart altogether.
It is NOT for those wishing any degree of in-depth knowledge of this great country.
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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.
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.