Watercolor Maps of Chinese Provinces

Sichuan Watercolor

A set of watercolor paintings of maps of 34 China’s provinces (as recognized by the PRC) by an anonymous artist has gone viral in China.   The maps outline the provinces’ boundaries, but the vivid colors do not seem to obviously match with geographic or demographic characteristics of the province.

What do you think of 传送门’s guesses for the reasoning for each color?  What are your theories?

Hainan (海南)

Hainan (海南)

Guizhou (贵州 /  貴州)

Guizhou (贵州 / 貴州)

Guangxi (广西 / 廣西)

Guangxi (广西 / 廣西)

Guangdong (广东 / 廣東)

Guangdong (广东 / 廣東)

Gansu (甘肃 / 甘肅)

Gansu (甘肃 / 甘肅)

Fujian (福建)

Fujian (福建)

Chongqing ( 重庆 / 重慶)

Chongqing ( 重庆 / 重慶)

Beijing (北京)

Beijing (北京)

Anhui ( 安徽)

Anhui ( 安徽)

Hubei (湖北)

Hubei (湖北)

Zhejiang ( 浙江)

Zhejiang ( 浙江)

Yunnan (云南/ 雲南)

Yunnan (云南/ 雲南)

Xinjiang (新疆)

Xinjiang (新疆)

Tibet (西藏)

Tibet (西藏)

Tianjin (天津)

Tianjin (天津)

Taiwan (台湾 / 台灣)

Taiwan (台湾 / 台灣)

Sichuan (四川)

Sichuan (四川)

Shanxi (山西)

Shanxi (山西)

Shanghai (上海)

Shanghai (上海)

Shandong (山东 / 山東)

Shandong (山东 / 山東)

Shaanxi (陕西)

Shaanxi (陕西)

Qinghai (青海)

Qinghai (青海)

Ningxia (宁夏 / 寧夏)

Ningxia (宁夏 / 寧夏)

Macau (澳门 / 澳門)

Macau (澳门 / 澳門)

Liaoning (辽宁 / 遼寧)

Liaoning (辽宁 / 遼寧)

Jilin (吉林)

Jilin (吉林)

Jiangxi (江西)

Jiangxi (江西)

Jiangsu (江苏 / 江蘇)

Jiangsu (江苏 / 江蘇)

Inner Mongolia (內蒙古)

Inner Mongolia (內蒙古)

Hunan (湖南)

Hunan (湖南)

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong (香港)

Henan (河南)

Henan (河南)

Heilongjiang (黑龙江 / 黑龍江)

Heilongjiang (黑龙江 / 黑龍江)

Hebei (河北)

Hebei (河北)

 

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