A mapping, charting, and geodetic tour through China



For two weeks last December, we had the opportunity and privilege to visit the mapping, charting, and geodetic (MC&G) facilities in the People's Republic of China (PRC) as guests of the National Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (NBSM). There are two principal departments in the PRC that deal with the field of mapping: namely, the National Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, a civilian organization; and the Military Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (MBSM), which is the military MC&G counterpart. Both organizations have worked the national mapping program in China during the last 20 to 30 years.

Our tour was spent mostly with the NBSM and included visits with its provincial bureau in Guangzhou (Canton), the Wuhan College, the Research Institute in Beijing (Peking), and the Publishing House in Beijing. It also included a meeting with the NBSM headquarters' staff, also in Beijing; near the end of the tour we spent a full day with the Military Bureau.