Map of China

China covers an area of about 9.6 million sq. km in East Asia. As observed on the physical map of China above, the country has a highly varied topography including plains, mountains, plateaus, deserts, etc.

In the vast western reaches of China – mountains, high plateaus and deserts dominate the landscape, while in the central and east areas, the land slopes into broad plains and deltas.

The Himalayas, the world’s most elevated mountain range, form its southwestern borders with India, Nepal and Bhutan, and contain the highest peaks in the world. Located within the Himalayas is China’s highest point, the famed Mt. Everest, which is also the tallest mountain in the world, and whose summit reaches 29,025 ft. (8.850 m). Numerous rivers arise in the Himalayas, including the Indus and Brahmaputra rivers.

As can be observed on the map, in the far northeast, high mountains ring China’s border with the Russian Federation.

The Gobi Desert runs west to east along the border with Mongolia. Here the topography varies from sand desert, into the low mountain foothills and plateaus that stretch into Mongolia. Prolonged drought in the area result in debilitating dust storms, and have caused China to lose a million acres a year to desertification. China’s lowest point, and the third lowest point on the Earth’s surface, is the arid Turpan Depression located in the far western part of the country.

From the higher elevations in the west literally thousands of rivers drain the country; the most significant include the Yangtze (third longest river on the planet), and the Heilong (Amur), Mekong, Pearl and Yellow.

China overview:
Flag:China Flag
Legal Name:People’s Republic of China
Capital Value:Beijing
Official languages:Standard Chinese
Government:Unitary Marxist–Leninist one-party socialist republic
Legislature:National People’s Congress
Total Area:9,596,960 km²
Land Area:9,326,410 km²
Water Area:270,550 km²
Density:145/km (375.5/sq mi) (83rd)
GDP:$14.34 Trillion
GDP Per Capita:$10,261.68
Currency Value:Renminbi yuan (RMB)
Driving side:right (Mainland)
left (Hong Kong and Macau)
Calling code:+86 (Mainland)
+852 (Hong Kong)
+853 (Macau)
Internet TLD:
  • .cn
  • .中国
  • .中國 (Mainland)
  • .hk
  • .香港 (Hong Kong)
  • .mo
  • .澳门
  • .澳門 (Macau)

Explore the wonders of China with this comprehensive map! Featuring major cities, towns, roads, rivers and the Gobi Desert, this map of China is a great way to get an understanding of the country’s geographical features. With satellite imagery and a provincial map of China, you can travel through the country and get a better appreciation of its beauty.

Online Interactive Political Map

Source: Basemap layers from Open Street Map (OSM), Arcgisonline, Wmflabs… Boundary Data from Database of Global Administrative Areas.

China (officially, People’s Republic of China) is divided into 22 administrative provinces (sheng), 5 autonomous regions (zizhiqu), 4 municipalities (shi) and 2 special administrative regions. 

In alphabetical order, these provinces are: Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hainan, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Jilin, Liaoning, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Yunan and Zhejiang. The 5 autonomous regions are: Guangxi, Nei Mongol (Inner Mongolia), Ningxia, Xinjiang Uygur and Xizang (Tibet). The 4 municipalities are: Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai and Tianjin. The 2 special administrative regions are Hong Kong and Macau.

With an area of 9.6 million sq. km, China occupies major parts of the East Asian landmass. With a population of about 1.4 billion people, China is the most populous country in the world. Located in North China, is Beijing – the capital of China. Beijing is the world’s most populous capital city with over 21 million residents. It is also one of the world’s as well as China’s leading cultural, administrative, educational and economic centers. Based on the urban population, Beijing is the 2nd largest city in China. Located in the east coast of China, on the Yangtze estuary is Shanghai – the largest city and the most populous urban area in China. 

Location Maps

Where is China?

China is the third-largest landmass among countries, following Russia and Canada. It is slightly bigger than the United States, which is the fourth largest country in the world. China is a rapidly growing economy and is the most populous in the world with over 1.4 billion people. The capital city is Beijing, however, its largest city is Shanghai, located on the coast of the East China Sea. It borders Mongolia, Burma (Myanmar), Russia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Laos, Vietnam, North Korea, Nepal, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Additionally, China’s coastlines total 14,500 km (9,010 mi) along the Yellow Sea, East China Sea, and the South China Sea.

Locator map of China
Locator map of China. Source: Wikipedia
Where is China?
Map showing location of China in the world.. Source:
Location Map of China. Source:
Location Map of China. Source: Source:

High Definition Political Map of China

China Map
China Map. Source:
Provinces of China Map
Political Map of China showing the 22 provinces, 5 autonomous regions, and 4 municipalities, their capitals, and the national capital of Beijing.. Source:
China political map.
China political map. Source: Ezilon.

China Administrative Map

China administrative map.
China administrative map. Source: CIA.
China Provincial Map
China Provincial Map. Source:

Physical Map of China

China physical map.
China physical map. Source: Ezilon.
China physiography map.
China physiography map. Source: CIA.
Physical Map of China
Physical Map of China showing the international borders, relief, mountain ranges, deserts like the Gobi and Takla Makan, important cities, islands, etc.. Source:

Transportation Map of China

China transportation map.
China transportation map. Source:

China Satellite Map

China Satellite Map
China Satellite Map. Source:

Elevation Map

China Elevation Map
China Elevation Map. Source:

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