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It is a pet peeve of mine that most textbooks use geographical terms that are not found on the maps they provide. This file contains very simple outline maps of China and Taiwan with the names of Chinese provinces and of Taiwan counties.
If you would like to print out a reference copy of either map, click on it to get a page with the map alone.
Chinese Provinces, Taiwan Counties
This map covers most of China. The abbreviations used are official and represent province, "autonomous region," and municipality names. In a very small number of cases, these do not represent full Pinyin spellings, which are therefore given separately (and with tones)."Obsolete Postal" spellings are those used for roughly a century before Pinyin was fully universalized. They continue to be used by a few, largely elderly authors and in Taiwan.
It may seem an inconvenience to have the map itself labeled with the abbreviations rather than the full names, but it allows the map to do double-service as a learning device. After you have become initially familiar with these names, you can use the map to test yourself on their locations, which turns out to be a very effective way to connect the arbitrary names with specific areas.
Click on the map to toggle major rivers on and off. Click here for a larger copy of the map.
|BJ||Beijing||Běijīng 北京||Peking, Pekin, Peiping|
|HB||Hubei||Húběi 湖北||Hupei, Hupeh|
|HEB||Hebei||Héběi 河北||Hopei, Hopeh|
Special municipalities that were too small to fit on this map include:
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For more detail on Taiwan, click here.
This map covers Táiwān 臺灣 (台湾), including the Pescadores islands in the Taiwan Strait (constituting Pénghú County). The abbreviations used are not official; they are my own invention. As with the previous map, they allow this one to serve as an exercise in addition to being a reference. They represent the following county and municipality names:
|GXS||Gāoxióng shì 高雄市||Kaohsiung City|
|JLS||Jīlóng shì 基隆市||Keelong City|
|TBS||Táiběi shì 臺北市||Taipei City|
|TNS||Táinán shì 臺南市||Tainan City|
|TZS||Táizhōng shì 臺中市||Taichung City|
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