Historical Geography Research ›› 2021, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (1): 141-151.

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A Comparative Study on the Contents of Guangdong Area Depicted on Huangyu Quanlan Tu in Kangxi Reign and Shisanpai Tu in Qianlong Reign, and Also a Comparison to Guangxi Area

Li Liting, Han Zhaoqing   

  1. Center for Historical Geography Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
  • Received:2020-07-20 Online:2021-02-20 Published:2021-02-20


Huangyu Quanlan Tu in Kangxi Reign (an overview map of imperial territories in Kangxi Reign) is an official surveyed map with coordinates accomplished in early Qing dynasty, which deeply affected the drawing of maps until early Republic of China. Digitizing the map contributes to the historical geographic data collection of this time section, and then to ascertain the absolute positions of locations on the map, is in favor of the research on natural and human element changes. Taking Guangdong Area as an example, with different georeferencing methods and historical literature, compare Shisanpai Tu in Qianlong Reign (a map with thirteen rows in Qianlong Reign) with Huangyu Quanlan Tu for the inheritance and development of this area. There is also a comparation of changes between Guangdong and Guangxi Area. The study shows that Shisanpai Tu is based on the Huangyu Quanlan Tu. The coordinate system of two maps should be the same, but there is offset. The difference may be relative with the registration method. The contents of two maps changed as well, which reflects the degree of development of the two regions in early Qing Dynasty.

Key words: Huangyu Quanlan Tu in Kangxi Reign, Shisanpai Tu in Qianlong Reign, Guangdong Area, Guangxi Area, history of surveying and mapping

CLC Number: 

  • K928