WHAT IS GOING ON?
This web site had its original
development with updates and additions occuring over the period of the active Australia-China cooperative Shu Roads Project
after its start in 2006. The front page provided access to the activities
and products from the Project and evolved until the end of 2008. After that time a number
of things happened. One was that the Project completed, was reported and its funding acquitted. This happened in mid-2009 followed by reporting which can be accessed from the main page
However, there has
been an active and ongoing continuation in China with the Hanzhong Museum and more recently the Shaanxi University of Technology (in Hanzhong)
and with continued support from the Hanzhong City and Shaanxi Provincial governments.
In September 2009, the site developer retired, had some life altering illness and then
recuperated. This led to some more leisurely activities including working towards a new front page and web site rather than tackling mountains, rivers, hills and dales.
In recent years there have been further visits to China (eg June, 2012 and October, 2016) including an exciting field
visit in 2012 involving a road survey between Chengdu, Hanzhong, Xixiang and then the Old Road to Baoji. The outcomes of the journey
are reported as one of the items below (Shu Road Field Work, June 2012). Progress to the new web site and some other activities,
such as visits to the Han River Valley, were only delayed while recuperation continued
and... The Web Page Change Has Now Happened and You are Here!!
The new site and the old site will co-exist for a while and re-directions made while people change over but when traffic to the
old site eventually stops it will be removed. Please update your links.
Some things can be usefully said about the change to a new web space. The site in general form and content has not changed, but the new web space has more room and will allow more material
to be made available. This will include more superoverlays of (eg) the Russian Maps, derived DTM data and other image material. Another change is the name. It is now simpler and
less clumsy. It is also a top level web page connected directly to the internet rather than a sub-page deep at some level of the ISP's page. It is a '.ORG' address to indicate it is not-for-profit but rather is here
simply to inform and support the dissemination of information about China's Qinling Plank Roads to Shu. As you may have noticed, its area of focus is the Qinling Mountain
Range. It was the Qinling landforms that led to the development of Plank Roads to conquer its particular landscape. So the name is "QinShuRoads" to emphasise the focus.
Due to years of people web searching, the old site is still used in links and remembered by search engines and that is why it will be maintained but not updated. Updates are now only occurring here on the new site.
The more you can help replace the old with the new by your links and queries the better it will be. Good Luck!
This page continues to be where you should go to access announcements,
links to various new areas of the site and notices about when and where
things have been added or updated. It will continue to
be updated as the changes occur. Welcome to the new site!
Publication of work from the Kangxi Jesuit Maps Project
A paper describing the theory and outcomes of the first phase of the Jesuit Maps project has been published in
Cartographica. The full reference is:
Jupp, David L.B. (2017). Projection, Scale, and Accuracy in the 1721 Kangxi Maps. Cartographica, 52(3), 215-232. (DOI:10.3138/cart.52.3.2016-0004)
The paper outlines how the Kangxi 1721 maps digitized by the US Library of Congress can have their projections determined,
can be combined and formed into mosaics and can be analysed for accuracy
to provide a data base in Chinese for the inner areas of China at the end of the Kangxi reign. This web site makes Google Earth overlays available for further study and view.
The Cartographica paper also references the paper published in Chinese by Wang Qianjin in 1991. The Chinese paper and a draft translation into English
can be found with the Cartographica paper reference on the Kangxi Jesuit Maps Project Page.
Cartographica is a journal for cartography that also publishes articles involving history of cartography. If you are interested enough to read this page then you will find many interesting
papers among the current and past publications in Cartographica.
[NOTE: The map sheets for the 15 main Ming/Qing provinces which were unaltered until after the Kangxi Period have now been assembled into a balanced Mosiac.
A Google Earth superoverlay for the mosaic as a KMZ network link file plus a KMZ file of 162 Fu level places from the du Halde Gazetteer to compare with points on the map
can be downloaded from the
Kangxi Jesuit Maps Project Page.]
Recent addition to Kangxi Map Page
The draft documents on this page have referenced a paper punblished in Chinese by Wang Qianjin in 1991. A PDF of the original Chinese paper and a draft translation into English
have now been added to the page so that English readers may check what was presented in that early paper. Wang Qianjin showed comprehensively
that the projection of the Copperplate edition of the "Complete map of the imperial domain" was not Triangular or Trapezoidal as
previously thought but an example of the Pseudo-cylindrical, equal area sinusoidal projection. It is generally simply called the Sinusoidal Projection and in the past was also called the
"equal area Mercator", "Sanson" or "Sanson-Flamsteed" projection. It was, in fact, also used for the Martini Maps published in Europe about 60 years earlier and
at much the same time as Sanson was using this projection in France for various maps. Wang Qianjing comprehensively establishes his result
by direct measurement backed up by the theory.
The paper and the translation can be accessed via the Kangxi Jesuit Maps Project Page or
directly as PDFs at:
Draft Translation: Wang Qianjin: A new investigation of the projection of the copper plate version of the Kangxi 'Complete map of the imperial domain' or
Original Paper: 康熙铜版_皇舆全览图_投影种类新探_汪前进
The draft translation is being made available while some final checks are made for correct translation of the terms, the mathematics and English expression.
If you have suggestions or equations you are very welcome to make contact and help with this review stage.
Recent updates - Projects and Catholics
Recently, there have been content updates to the documents for the
Catholics on the Shu Roads
. In addition, these and other material can now be more simply and conveniently accessed
via the new "Projects" list and its introductory web pages.
To find out more please visit the new links on the main page or go directly to the Projects List at the
Projects List Page.
You are welcome to browse the contents of the site now by Project as well as Document or Menu item List.
The Kangxi Jesuit 'Secret Map' and derivative products
The Kangxi Emperor commissioned a group of French Jesuit missionaries to develop a set of Maps of China. Between 1708 and 1718 they carried out
extensive field work throughout China resulting in an extensive Atlas in 1718. A revised edition of their Atlas was presented to the Emperor in 1721
after which the maps quickly travelled to Europe
where they were to become incorporated into the latest maps. The Kangxi maps had already been used in China to negotiate boundaries with Russia
but European knowledge of China was the main beneficiary. The following web area provides access to a document describing this activity and also
to Quicklook Jpegs and Google Earth super-overlays of maps and mosaics. These have been studied as described in the Document and will be used with the Yan Ruyi
maps mentioned below.
For more information please visit the web page:
Maps of the Kanxi Secret map series published in 1721
You are welcome to download images and presentations that are useful to you and comment on the present draft publication.
Three Draft Web Pages (Jan 2016)
Three web pages have been recently developed and are currently being tested and checked. All are intended to grow. They are not currently available via the menu so this addition is to
provide access. The first is a page to collect scanned materials from the book published describing the Russian expedition of 1874. The book contains wondeful gravure prints of
drawings made by Dr P. Piassetsky along the way. The current set of scans can be found at:
Drawings by Dr P. Piassetsky during Russian expedition in 1874
The second is a draft page that will outline all the maps and associated annotations in the Hanzhong Prefecture 1813 Gazetteer. These were the first group of maps made during the
activities in Hanzhong associated with the scholar-official Yan Ruyi who has also featured in sites as described below.
The present draft only contains scans of the "birds-eye" landscape style "Northern Plank Road Map" from a modern copy of the Gazetteer by
Guo Peng and can be found at:
Maps of the Hanzhong Prefecture Gazetteer of 1813
The third is a set of digized maps from the Kanxi Jesuit maps of 1718. They have been used to construct a mosaic covering the
general area within which Yan Ruyi maps are located. They can be found at:
Maps of the Kanxi Secret map series published in 1718
You are welcome to visit, download any images that are useful and comment of the present draft format or image quality.
New materials for Qing Yan Ruyi Maps from 1813-1822 (Updated August 2015)
The “Map of the four provinces on the north bank of the Han River” and other maps and materials by Yan Ruyi (produced between 1800~1820)
have been studied after a copy of the map was found in the collection of the US Library of Congress.
Feng Suiping expanded on initial studies for this map by Prof Li Xiaocong, who catalogued the Chinese map collection
for the US Library of Congress in 2004. Feng Suiping made detailed studies of the map annotations and the geographic and cartographic
principles used for this and other maps by
and his draftsmen. Recently, Prof Lin Tianren has published a book outlining his investigations of the LoC Maps which makes links
to related maps and materials in the Taipei Palace Museum Collection. The reference is:
Lin, Tianren and Zhang, Min, Eds (2013). "Reading imperial cartography: Ming-Qing historical maps in the Library of Congress", text in Chinese and English, Published by the Academia
Sinica Digital Center (Taipei) in association with the US Library of Congress, 2013/11/01. ISBN: 9789860393637.
His discussion of the “Map of the four provinces on the north bank of the Han River” provided alternative ideas and made refererence to copies of the maps north and south of the Han River in
the Taipei Map Collection. Images of their maps can be found in:
Lin Tianren (Ed) (2012). "Mapping the Imperial realm: an exhibition of historical maps", National Palace Museum, Taipei.
The new material has led to a revision of the major paper on the topic by Feng Suiping who has also now provided a discussion of the various maps and materials in:
"A discussion concerning the 'Map of four provinces north of the Han River' in the collection of the Taipei Palace Museum" by Feng Suiping, Director, Hanzhong City Museum, (EN Transl. David Jupp).
The document includes both a Translation into English and the complete Chinese text for comparison and discussion and can be read or downloaded
Access to the latest documents by these people and images can be found on the page set up to provide general information on Yan Ruyi's maps
the translation of Feng Suiping's final version of the paper can be found on that page and directly
Maps and other materials suitable as Google Earth presentations have previously been collated and made available in the list of presentations
on the Qinling Plank Roads to Shu web site
April 2015 - updated documents
A number of documents available on the Qinling Plank Roads to Shu Web Site have been updated in recent months. As of April 2015 the main changes have been to:
Introduction to the Shu Roads (Major Updates) and
Alexander Wylie's 1867 Travels (New sections).
In addition, recent research has uncovered the name of the "Northern General" praised by Sir Eric Teichman for keeping peace in Hanzhong during the troubled times
of the early Republic. It was apparently Maj. General Guan Jinju (管金聚, 1870-1927) of the Beiyang Army who was Garrison Commander at Hanzhong (then known as Nanzheng)
between 15 July 1916 and 9 June 1920. This and other material on the lawless period of warlords has been added to a number of documents. The most
Stories from Teichman's Tangluo Road
Note on an anomaly in a Qing Scroll Map and
Catholic Missionaries on the Shu Roads.
The history of the Hanzhong area during this turbulent time may in the future become a separate "story" in the "Stories" document above.
Revised version of Stories from the Tangluo Road
The journey by Sir Eric Teichman across the Qinling in 1917 has been the subject of a number of recent entries on this page!
The most recent materials in this project can all be found on the project page:
"The ancient Tangluo Road and Sir Eric Teichman's visit to Foping".
In particular the document Stories from Teichman's Tangluo Road
has been updated recently (November 2014 and February 2015). The updates have brought it into line with other recent developments in
the research effort around the maps produced between 1804 and 1822 under the guidance of Yan Ruyi in Hanzhong. Information from
a number of maps has now been incorporated into the text.
An English-Chinese Matched Pair of documents and stories from the Tangluo Road
Sir Eric Teichman's journey across the Qinling from Hanzhong to Fengxiang in 1917 included a main route of the ancient Tangluo Road. This has been explored
at the Qinling Shu Roads web site under
"The ancient Tangluo Road and Sir Eric Teichman's visit to Foping".
In November 2013, a translation of an existing document was presented at a conference in Hanzhong. The full reference is:
[Australia] David Jupp (Jia Dawei) author, Peng Minjia Translator, "Sir Eric Teichman and the Tangluo Road" in
Collected papers for the "Symposium on China's Shu Roads", edited by the Hanzhong City Museum, November 11, 2013.
Since that time, the original English document has been split into better sections and the main paper in Chinese and English have been made matched in scope
and contents. The other sections have been made into a second English document, augmented by a translation and called "Stories from Teichman's Tangluo Road". They are available
at the above page
and directly as PDF files as follows:
Teichman on the Foping Trail (EN)
Stories from Teichman's Tangluo Road
Welcome to read and send comments and suggestions. An objective of this has been to improve the paper by input from English and Chinese readers so the line is open.
Updated KMZ Files and presentations available
Updated presentations and KMZ files have been added recently (October 2013) to the Google Earth and GPS area.
One was the set of places and routes on the Ancient Tangluo Road as inferred from the map and account
by Sir Eric Teichman in 1917 and recently discussed. It is part of work reported in greater detail
Another is the original Shu Roads presentation. It has been updated and while some updates are still to come, the present
form is being made available for comment and feedback. If you have the previous KMZ file in your Google Earth "My Places" area you should not need to download
a new one. But due to some occasional reticence to refresh in Google Earth, deleting the older KMZ, exiting and reloading from the site is wise.
Both presentations may be downloaded from the normal place
HERE. Feedback very welcome.
In providing reasonable estimates for the tracks and paths of the Shu Roads, a Russian Topographic Map series has been used extensively.
Documentation, including an updated Table for converting Cyrillic to Pinyin, has been developed
for these maps and may be accessed HERE.
Finally, three Google Earth presentations have been developed to
support studies of map scale and metric accuracy in the Han River Basin as part of studies of Yan Ruyi's mapping between 1813 and 1822. These may be found
Shu Road Field Work, June 2012
In June 2012, Field work was carried out in Sichuan and southern Shaanxi to check places described by Alexander Wylie in 1868.
The first stage was along the Jinniu (Golden Ox) Road between Chengdu and Hanzhong.
From Hanzhong, Alexander Wylie used a linking road to go to Shiquan, avoiding some fierce rapids on the middle Han River. From Shiquan he took a boat to Hankou.
The visit also included a field investigation of the linking road and places on it - such as the Guluba settlement where Italian missionaries had settled
in the late Qing period. The southern field mission and a brief but productive journey along the Lianyun Road to Baoji were also used to Check barrier posts and places in Shaanxi
that were recorded on a Qing Period Scroll Map held by The Library of Congress (see map details HERE).
Before the visit, materials, including a Table of identified place names and three Topo Map Mosaics
based on the Russian Military 1:200k maps of the 1960's were used to check routes and places and made available on the web as well as in hard copy format.
GPS tracks and waypoints confirmed
by the field visits are now being used to update of the GE KMZ presentation that can be found HERE.
The items making up the base of information for the work, including the GE presentations, documents, papers and other references has been set up as a web link
HERE along with documents that describe the outcomes of the field visit.
The Russian Topographic Maps used for the work have
enabled the pre-1965 road routes to be used as surrogates for older Shu Roads and linking routes. They have also established the extent of changes that have
occurred since the main motor road from Chengdu to Baoji was completed in 1941.
Information on all the data sources and other material can all be found at the new Web Page.
The Chinese Name for Australia
Final Penultimate Version.
There has been an update to the "Chinese name for Australia". In April 2011, David Jupp first posted a draft document that
explored the origin of the present Chinese name for Australia (澳大利亚) and how it became
accepted as such by Chinese. It has taken him, and whoever wished to read it, to lots of interesting places.
For some time, the document remained a Draft
as there was a final question to be answered - who was the western missionary
who coined the modern name for Australia in Chinese characters in 1834? The answer has involved considerable research - but it is over and the answer
can be found in the FINAL (Penultimate) version of June 16, 2013 available here. In the future, if you have comments, you are still very welcome J
to also provide feedback, suggestions, corrections and to point out errors.
Access to the document is via a web page where there is an explanation, a summary and access to other documents.
You are welcome to find out all the answers to the questions that prompted this work at this page:
"The Chinese name for Australia".
This version will remain as the only version - except for minor edits when found by readers. Any major change will
only occur if it is decided to proceed to a more official and professional publication. Although it may not
appeal to everyone, this project has been a great experience and of great interest and enjoyment to me.
Congress Qing Period scroll map
An ancient Qing period scroll map, discussed by Herold
Wiens, is held by the US Library of Congress. It is called 《陕境蜀道图》 or “The Shu Road from
Shaanxi to the Sichuan Border”. It was scanned by the Library of
Congress and quicklook images and other information have been made
available on THIS PAGE of the Shu Roads web site.
Since the data were first made available, there have been many updates. They have included making
high resolution data available and adding translations to two important papers about the scroll map
that were in Chinese.
One is a Chinese paper by Bi and Li (2004) describing the map that has been translated. It was
the first one written following the work by Li Xioacong to catalogue the Library of Congress
Collection. It can be obtained from
A Chinese paper by Hanzhong Museum Director Feng Suiping (2010) taking the Bi and Li (2004) paper as base and adding extensive new material
has now been translated. In addition to the translation of the Bi and Li (2004) paper it can also be obtained from
THIS PAGE. Finally, various discussion documents can also be reached from the page.
Wiens and his publications
Herold J Wiens was an American Geographer whose Thesis
in 1949 provided a comprehensive examination of the Shu Roads. Herold Wiens Thesis is probably the most comprehensive material about the Shu Roads
in English language. The site makes his paper and Thesis available for study and citation. His early examination of the Qing Period Scroll Map in the Hummel Collection
(described in detail HERE) of the US Library of Congress was suggested by Arthur Hummel and helped bring to light the presence of such items in this important collection (see a
more details of the collection HERE).
grew up in China as his family founded a Mennonite mission in Fujian in a town
called Shanghang (上杭) in
a Hakka (客家) area of the
upper reaches of the Han river (韩江).
The story of his family and Herold's early years can be found in a
privately published book written by his sister, Adina Wiens Robinson,
called "China Beckoning".
Introduction to the Shu Roads
This PDF (1.332 MB) is an introduction developed from a
number of documents and translations that arose during the ACC Project. It
uses, but does not discuss, 3S technology and primarily outlines the
history, geography, culture and environment that surrounds the Shu roads,
the Plank roads and the barrier passes that made up these trade and traffic
routes for (probably more than) 3000 years.
Talk to the Australia China Friendship Society
in Canberra April 17, 2013
David Jupp gave a talk to the Australia China Friendship Society on April 17, 2013 at the Southern Cross Club, Jamison.
David Jupp provided information about the talk that can be checked out
The talk and photographs shown have been provided as PDF files and its linked HTML files for to look at and access.
The PDF of the main talk can be found
You are welcome to access them this way and/or contact the author for more direct access to material of interest.
Talks to the
Australia-China Friendship Society in Canberra April 29 2009
David Jupp gave a talk to the Canberra Branch of the
Australia-China Friendship Society (PDF of current Society
Bulletin) on Wednesday April 29. Presentation in two PDF Files can be
downloaded as the main talk HERE
(warning, PDF is 4.087 MB) and a group of scans from a magazine about the
Wenchuan Earthquake HERE (second PDF
is 1.051 MB). The second PDF can be started from within the first if you
wish provided the PDF files are in the same directory.
2007 Symposium Presentations and Publications
Selected presentations for the 2007 International
Symposium on Plank Road Research and Applications of 3S Technology held in Hanzhong, Shaanxi Province, China. An introductory paper and the recently published
collected papers have now been referenced as well as PDF files of some
of Feng Suiping’s Bendigo memories
During the September 2008 visit to Australia, Feng Suiping was very impressed by the exhibits and enterprise on display at the
Golden Dragon Museum
in Bendigo, Victoria. The visitors discovered experiences of Chinese people in Australia from the Gold Rushes of the 1800’s to the present and continued in Melbourne at the
Chinese Museum and at the
Acquittal and collected material for ACC Project (2009)
Formal acquittal and report to the Australia China
Council for Phase II of the Project (April 2009) and References to
supporting material (acquittal is Reference 24)