Chinese maps from Ming dynasty

Chinese maps from the Ming dynasty on display at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan. 

Map of the sky, including constellations and distances, painted on silk during the Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644).

Commissioned by Wang Shizhen during the 16th century, this is one of 84 maps completed by Qian Gu and Zhang Fu during their waterway journey from Taicang to Beijing. Their maps featured actual locations, including real bridges, gates, walls, and buildings that they saw during their 1,000+ kilometer trip.