Yu Ji Tu

That's China - - The Innovators -

Made in 1136, cur­rently in the For­est of Stone Ste­les in Xi’an, Shaanxi Prov­ince China’s old­est ex­tant stone map and the coun­try’s first map to use grid units to in­di­cate the scale, the map serves as a paragon of the stun­ning skills of the car­tog­ra­phers of the Song Dy­nasty of China.The map’s de­pic­tion of theYel­low River and the Yangtze River is drawn with sur­pris­ing ac­cu­racy, not veer­ing too far from mod­ern day Chi­nese maps; and the pre­ci­sion of the con­tour of coasts is amaz­ing.The su­perb tech­nique and wis­dom en­cap­su­lated in the map is spe­cially men­tioned by Joseph Need­ham (1900-1995), a Bri­tish sci­en­tist, his­to­rian and si­nol­o­gist known for his sci­en­tific re­search and writ­ing on the his­tory of Chi­nese science, in his Science and Civil­i­sa­tion in China.

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