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World Map Dating Back to Qing Found

SHIJIAZHUANG,July 31 -- A world map dating back to the Qing 1644-1911 was lately found in a museum of Shijiazhuang, which is quite different from other world maps because it takes Beijing as the first meridian instead of the Greenwich Observatory in the UK, according to today's

The map was made by Qing official Ye Zipei in 1845 and reprinted in 1851, consisting of eight scrolls that can be rolled up. Every scroll runs at 130cm in length and 28cm in width. Scrolls 1 to 4 describe the Northern Hemisphere and 5 to 8 the Southern Hemisphere.

Experts say it is a rare map for its special painting and rich contents, and it will be of great study help to dig into the history of map making and early people's understanding of the world.

Experts also say that the map had been carefully made, with vivid and standard symbols in token of mountains, rivers, cities and so on. It corrected mistakes made in previous maps and has detailed notes for China's Nansha, Xisha and Zhongsha islands and nearly 400 other place names, being a map with the most of notes over others known to the time in Chinese history.

-- source: Xinhua News Agency

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