Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2021, Vol. 76 ›› Issue (1): 235-247.doi: 10.11821/dlxb202101018

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Academic thoughts and achievements in regional geography of Zhang Qiyun

HE Peidong1,2()   

  1. 1. Department of History, Zhuhai, Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai 519082, Guangdong, China
    2. Historical and Geographical Research Center of Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai 519082, Guangdong, China
  • Received:2019-05-21 Revised:2020-12-11 Online:2021-01-25 Published:2021-03-25


Zhang Qiyun was one of the founders of modern Chinese geography. He has made outstanding contributions to geography education, political geography, historical geography, and regional geography in modern China. In terms of regional geography, he introduced Western works to China initially, and translated the phrase "regional geography" as "local gazetteers". In addition, he expounded the concepts, contents, and research methods of Western regional geography, and tried to construct the theoretical system of Chinese regional geography. His regional geography works were also widely disseminated. Zhang Qiyun's research focused on regional division and geographical investigations, which placed on emphasis on the use of maps as well as the interpretation of human-land relationships. His thoughts on regional geography are mainly derived from the theories and methods of the human-land relationship proposed by Paul Vidal de La Blache, a modern French geographer. Distilling the thoughts and academic achievements of Zhang Qiyun is of great help for understanding the development of regional geography in modern China.

Key words: Zhang Qiyun, regional geography, local gazetteers, masterpiece, academic thoughts