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Historical City Maps of Tianjin


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Chinese map of Tianjin, first published in 1825.

This map shows the inner core of the walled Chinese city of Tianjin. A well-defined North-South and East-West grid divides the city into four parts. To the south the path leads towards the so-called “Tientsin Treaty Temple” (in reality the Haiguang 海光寺 Temple); in the north and through the gatehouse, the road leads on towards Beijing. Note the rather extensive waterways and reservoir system within the city proper.

Reproduced from Tianjin gudai chengshi fazhan shi 天津古代城市發展史 (History of urban development of old Tianjin), 1989.

Plan of the foreign Concessions of Tientsin; dated 1908.

A very fine map with detailed annotations and descriptions. Note the redundancy in services rendered to the various foreign communities: There is a German Post Office, a French Post Office, a British one, and so on. Likewise, all concessions house respective consulates, plus so-called Municipalities, which are administrative offices to represent residents living in Tianjin.

The American Consulate is located in the British Concession, since U.S. interests in maintaining a concession in Tianjin were laid to rest since 1880.


Map of Tientsin, Prepared for the Tientsin Provisional Government from Surveys made by N. F. Drake.

Dated 1900.

A bi-lingual map (Chinese and English), giving locations of the most important Government Civil Places, Government Military Places, Educational and Charitable Institutions, and Chinese Temples.

Plan von Tientsin und Umgebung unter Zugrundelegung des Planes 7 des Kaiserlichen Admiralstabswerkes (Military map of the German admiralty); dated 1900.

Military map with details about the operations of the allied relief expedition against Chinese Boxers in the summer of 1900, giving exact dates, location of camps, weapons arsenals, and other relevant information.

German military map of Tianjin (Tienstin) and environment, executed in 1900/1901, published in 1903.

The Tianjin greater area, here seen and precisely surveyed by a team of German military cartographers during the era of the Boxer Rebellion summer of 1900).

Japanese [latest] map of Tientsin, ca. late 1930s.

There are three special administrative areas ( 特別管理區 ) marked in light blue, which designate the by then defunct or re-appropriated concessions of Germany, Belgium, and Austro-Hungary. The residence of the famous scholar Liang Qichao can be found in the Italian concession, here tinted in yellow.

A Chinese horse race course is indicated on the lower left side (right above the insert of a regional map showing Tianjin in relation to the coast and to Beijing); the Race Course for Foreigners is near the southern tip of the British Concession, here shown in maroon color.

Japanese concessions in Tianjin
Sketch map of the environment of Tianjin during the Boxer Uprising. Taken from the book "America in the China relief expedition", by Brig-Gen. A. S. Daggett. Kansas City, 1903.
Hand-drawn map by Herbert Hoover, mapping the extent of the destruction in and around Tianjin in June/July 1900. Note that large areas of the residential areas north of the Chinese walled city were destroyed, together with most shops and establishments along the north-south axis of the old city.
Hand-drawn map by Herbert Hoover, mapping the military defenses against the Boxers in the summer of 1900.







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Wason Collection on East Asia
and Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections
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