Gazetteers, Calligraphy, Bronze & Stone Rubbings, Contemporary Images of China

This series comprises the classical literatures of China, from archaeological materials to contemporary photography, including: China Comprehensive Gazetteers, China Bronze and Stone Rubbings Collection, Biaodian Gujin Tushu Jicheng, Chinese Calligraphy and Inscription Collection, and Contemporary Images of China database. It consists of UDP’s own products and the databases produced by our partners in China and USA as well.

Contemporary Images of China

Produced by Social Sciences Academic Press (China), the database collects a wide range of images of contemporary China from the Opium War to World War II (1840 –1949), including: relic pictures, maps, old paintings ad photography.


China Bronze and Stone Rubbings Collection

Globally exclusive digitalisation of Original Rubbings

Initiated by Centre of Ancient Documents Preservation at Gansu province, this 5-year preservation project aims to digitalise all the existing and upcoming bronze and stone rubbings in China. To date, 51,800 exclusive bronze and stone rubbings from Gansu province were discovered and built into the digital database. This database continues updating its collection whose goal is to accumulate 300,000 original bronze and stone rubbings of China.


China Comprehensive Gazetteers

Budget deal to own the prestigious version of National Library of China

This database compiles all the gazetteers collections in National Library of China from Song Dynasty to Republic period (1229–1949). It is the best research tool to investigate the development of different provinces in China, not only in the aspect of geography changes but also in the economical and cultural aspects.


Biaodian Gujin Tushu Jicheng

The most-subscribed Punctuated version in the globe

The “Gujin Tushu Jicheng” is a vast encyclopedic work written in China during the reigns of the Qing Dynasty emperors Kangxi and Yongzheng. It well collects the illustrations and writings from ancient China to Qing Dynasty which is acclaimed as the “Imperial Encyclopaedia” and the largest encyclopaedia in the world as well.


Chinese Calligraphy and Inscription Collection

This collection consists of oracle bone scripts, stone rubbings, buddhism manuscripts of Dunhuang, gravestone epitaphs, ancient inscriptions and calligraphy from Shang Dynasty to Qing Dynasty. It accommodates more than 700 calligraphers’ pieces, 1.7 million characters with transcriptions and 4,268 classical Chinese calligraphy and inscriptions. Two sub-databases within the collection — the “Full Work Database,” and the “Single Character Database,” are convenient for review, appreciation and pedagogy.