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National Geographic Atlas of China Hardcover – Nov 6 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (Nov. 6 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426201362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426201363
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 1.4 x 28.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #785,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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National Geographic cartographers bring more than 90 years of mapmaking experience and cutting-edge technology to bear on every atlas product.

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Format: Hardcover
An interesting look at some of the facts about China. The data are quite recent though of course not immediate. This book tries to break down as many facades about China as it is possible. From economy to religion to almost everything else. I most enjoy the updated map featured at the beginning of this book. The map (also found in the National Geographic regular atlas) is updated and shows the newly built freeways. etc. Give it a try...but I wouldnt spend more than 20 bucks on it.
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Format: Paperback
While perhaps this is a good purchase for someone with almost no knowledge of China who is hoping to upgrade to "minimal," I definitely agree with the comment in another review about this book definitely not being worth a cent more than you are paying for it.

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.

Lyle Laycock
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa737ccd8) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa73999a8) out of 5 stars Wonderful, innovative resource May 18 2010
By John Dowdell - Published on
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This is not a cartographic atlas... more an atlas of maps to understand China, to get a sense of how it is put together. There are regional maps and some city maps, but the real action is in the infographics.

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.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7399bf4) out of 5 stars Atlas of China Feb. 7 2010
By Peggy Sue Wilburn - Published on
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I received this gift from my wife. We have several Chinese immigrants that work at a local restaurant that I frequent. With the language barrier it was difficult to communicate with them. When I received the book Atlas of China, I didn't think that it was going to be helpful. But I took it to the restaurant, and it brought smiles to the to the entire family that ran the restaurant and all of their staff. I have been asked to continue to bring the book back in when I return. Now they are able to show me where they are from. They are starting to speak up about their families and we are learning together the differences in our languages. I have enjoyed reading the rich histories of this country and have been able to make folks from there feel better about being here.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7399bb8) out of 5 stars Good Template for China Trip June 17 2009
By Dr. Richard Lyons - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Headed to China within a month, I purchased this book to help me develop a mental picture for the trip. Besides the terrific maps, the book addresses the internal migration of Chinese citizens, the transition from an agriculatural to industrial economy, and related issues that will undergird what will be experienced on the trip. It is current, and for the price, a terrific value.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa739c0cc) out of 5 stars Which Chinese Geography? July 6 2010
By Benjamin Trovato - Published on
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7399f48) out of 5 stars Good information covering a variety of topics Sept. 15 2011
By Matthew M. - Published on
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This is a good atlas that covers many dimensions: physical geography, economics, linguistics, and many other aspects. Very informative for anyone interested in China.

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.