Maps and Geography


ASSIGNMENT: Email/discussion thread on this blog: From your study of Chinese geography and your map study, what positive and negative geographic factors would you expect to influence the course of history in China?  see: BBC. “Roman Rise and Fall ‘Recorded in Trees’” 14 January 2011.  DUE Friday

Each response must”

  1. Acknowledge the previous entry/ies from your classmate/s
  2. Include evidence to support your point of view
  3. Take turns writing
  4. At least 2 entries required for each student.
Huai River, Yellow and Yangzi Rivers
Google Map
Map Outline of China (21st century)
Large Outline map/ w provinces (21st century)
Map: Qing Dynasty
Map: Imperialism in Asia-1840-1914

China: geography – Wikipedia

Map study: film locations of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”
Map study: Asia
Chinese geography
“East Asia in Geographic Perspective”

12 responses to “Maps and Geography

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  3. China has mainly two big geographic dis/-advantages as have affected Chinas roll in the history in both a positive and a negative way. They two de/-advantages which I am talking about are their long coastline and the size of their country.
    China is a country which has got approximately an 18,000-kilometre long coastline (comparing with the U.S which has got a coastline which is 19,924-kilometre long, approximately).
    This is of course both an advantage and a disadvantage from China’s historical point of view. The coastline of China was for example one of the main points that made it possible for Japan in September 1931, after five months of fighting against China to invade just China.
    If we will take a look at the advantage-list, so are they at least as many advantages as it is at the disadvantage-list. A long coastline with good working harbors – that China has got the advantages to have – is a very good condition to have the possibility to build a well working nation on. This will give the nation an import/export possibility which should bring the nation everything but disadvantages. The export possibility that the coastline gives may be one of the reasons why it is written China on the bottom of the most things that you can buy, it does not matter if you will buy new pair of jeans or some cool sunglasses. All kinds of products are produced in China.


  4. China, close to the sea, is, at the same time, a positive and negative point. For the economy, it is a great advantage for them so that they could export or import to or from countries easily, by boats, but in the same time, they will have to create a naval army to defend themselves from the enemy which is quite expensive. The same for the size of the country, China is big country, and it is positive and negative at the same time, it is good because it has more land, so more field to make crops and have a very abundant harvest to feed the inhabitants or even export it to other countries to gain money. But at the same time, revolutions can happens and the rebells can, slowly take control of cities making their own army and take over the ruler(s) to become the new leader of the country.

  5. I agree with Charles. Being close to the sea can be beneficial, yet it can be a disadvantage at the same time. Of course it allows exporting and importing to occur if you are on good terms with other countries. But what if you’re on bad terms with another nation? Then being so close to the sea with a long coastline can be a disadvantage because of the many ways a country could invade China. It isn’t possible to always guard the whole shore, so a successful attack is bound to be able to happen.

  6. China, being close to the sea has a positive but also a negative side to it. The sea provides food, the possibility of export and import to other countries but it also creates a tourist attraction as a sight seeing boat can be chartered. If the country is at war, being close to the sea is a big disadvantage as the whole coastline is therefore vulnerable to invasion; this brings the necessity of having a naval army which means more money and more soldiers.

  7. Since China is surrounded with allot of water it benefits them by using ships for import and export of cloths and machines etc. However during war the water is not to their benefit any more. Just like Anna and Charles said, it would be very easy for enemies to attack and harder for them to defend themselves.

  8. Everything said above is correct, but there is something else that is good for China. Since it is a big country, it is surrounded by many other countries including North Korea, Russia, Mongolia, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. It also has sea borders with South Korea, Taiwan, Philippines and other islands. This can benefit them due to being able to make relationships with their surroundings. Smaller countries are more likely to follow their systems, etc.

    Although I see it as a more positive thing, it could also be very negative. For instance, if they have a bad relationship with the many countries surrounding China, then it could be a big disaster. Even though most of these countries are unable to invade China just by themselves because of the vast difference in size and population, they could group together and attack.

  9. The two positive points said by Anna are very true, international relations are very important especially for a country like that in this context, bad relations can bring the country to its autodestruction.

    There was also one positive factor for China, it is a country where it is raining a lot, thus thanks to its large lands it has naturally created rivers and lake which could have supported this such big population of China:.for the crops, watered them are making them more healthy so more abundant harvest to feed the all Chinese’s inhabitants. They can also use it for rice crops, then exporting it for economic benefits, or even used to feed the people in China.

    What is better than getting naturally and by itself, economic advantages?

  10. As Charles says, the rives and lakes that (still) exists in China is a very important asset for both the population and the industrial sector, i.e the production of cotton and rice.
    China has got an enormous water consuming, first of all because their production of rise which takes a lot of water. Without the rivers and the lakes, it would be impossible for China to produce such a big amount of these products. The rivers that occurs in China has in a historical point of view have always been an advantage. Just imagine how useful and needed the access to water were some centuries ago, and still is.

  11. I think Anna made a very good point. It is important for China to stay friends with the countries around them because it would be easy for the other countries to gain up against China and attack.
    All of Chinas Mountains brings a lot of tourists to the country. Especially the tourists who want to climb the biggest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, which is something tourists pay a lot for.
    With all the amount of people who lives in China, the environment is not the best. There are both air pollution and water pollution. Also they have been taking down a lot of forest which have caused floods.

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