Chinese National Geography

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Chinese National Geography (Chinese: 中国国家地理) is a Chinese monthly magazine similar to the National Geographic Magazine. Founded in 1949 in China, the magazine has revamped itself several times, and is now a popular magazine in mainland China. There is also an edition in traditional Chinese for readers in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

In April 2009, it launched its first bi-monthly international edition, .


Founded by a group of teachers with a keen interest in geography, the original Chinese edition was first published in January 1950 under the name Di Li Zhi Shi ("Knowledge of Geography"; Chinese: 地理知识). The magazine focused on delivering scientific and geographical concepts. At first only 600 copies were printed, but the publication quickly became popular, and soon 2,000 copies of each volume were being printed.

From August–December 1960, Di Li Zhi Shi temporarily stopped publication. It reformed itself and resumed publication in January 1961 under a new name, Di Li ("Geography"; Chinese: 地理). However, this new version was not successful with its readers, and the title was changed back to Di Li Zhi Shi in 1966. However, the magazine was forced to stop publication with the Cultural Revolution in China.

Six years later in 1972, the magazine was able to resume publication, and its circulation reached 400,000. Each copy contained 32 pages and was sold for 0.13 yuan.

The magazine was printed in color from 1993 onwards. Starting from...
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