The Visual Expression Analysis of Map Elements in Ming and Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China

  • School of Resources and Environmental Science in Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China

Received date: 2015-04-30

  Revised date: 2015-05-11

  Online published: 2016-01-10


Since the Enlarged Terrestrial Atlas (1541) compiled by the outstanding cartographer Luo Hongxian (1504-1564) in the Ming Dynasty and the incoming western precise mapping technology brought by Matteo Ricci, China's cartographic technology had entered the academy of modern cartography, and then gradually matured during Ming, Qing and Republic of China periods. With the constant development and application of today’s cartography, the summarized map symbols and ordinary two-dimensional maps can no longer meet the needs of readers. Cartographers began to explore new types of expressions, such as Visual Reality and 3D maps, which resembles the traditional meticulous methods appeared in old Chinese maps. Therefore, it’s necessary to study the cartography technology and expression method in Chinese Modern Cartography period. Basing on plenty old maps produced in Chinese Modern Cartography period and related academic materials, this paper overviewed the cartography technology in these periods, summarized the map elements and expression methods adopted, in order to provide some inspirations to the development of today’s Chinese cartography.

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HAN Chaoyang,MA Chenyan,LIU Qiangyi,LI Yongbo . The Visual Expression Analysis of Map Elements in Ming and Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China[J]. Journal of Geo-information Science, 2016 , 18(1) : 68 -76 . DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1047.2016.00068


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