“Arteries of the Empire: Relays in the Frontier Region of Qing China” by Tian Xia

Mapping Qing Relay Stations The project first started as a small mapping job that I did for an Amherst professor. My original task was to map an 18th century jade smuggling route that went from Sinkiang to coastal China. Along the way of extracting information out of Chinese historical archives and plotting them with ArcGIS, I noticed that the smuggling routes overlapped a great deal with Qing China’s relay routes, especially in the frontier regions, and I became more interested … Read More