Six months busy in Sichuan

Posted by katpatuka on 26 June 2020 in English (English)

I think I was really 6 months busy in Sichuan adding missing towns, townships and subdistricts with their English name and wikipedia/wikidata tags. Not only on osm but also on zhwiki and wikidata I added lots of stuff…

China’s administrative infrastructure is crazy! In urban regions a lot changed in December 2019: townships were upgraded to towns and towns in subdistricts. Some counties became districts or county-level cities. Sometimes places get a new name even. And that wasn’t necessarily immediately reflected in zhwiki because zhwiki is still blocked in China! So you are always playing catch-up…

China is developing very fast and the biggest problem for us mappers is: missing up-to-date imagery ! Sometimes I had to use 10 year old imagery from one provider because imagery from other providers were cloud covered. No usable GPS traces - only maybe for main trunk or primary roads. At least there are more Chinese users now editing on OSM…

I stopped checking Chengdu urban centre - too tiring - and I hate big cities ;)

Location: Dachuan, Lushan County, Ya'an City, Sichuan, China

Comment from hanchao on 27 June 2020 at 00:41

Thank you very much for editing the map of China.

Comment from katpatuka on 27 June 2020 at 04:48

Thank you! :D

Comment from GeoJess on 30 June 2020 at 16:16

Hi katpatuka,

What do you think of features in China such as places, poi’s, etcetera having both the Chinese name and English name (or any other language) all placed in the name tag? For example here:, the name key has both the English, Chinese, and I believe Portuguese names as its value.

Comment from katpatuka on 30 June 2020 at 17:14

@GeoJess: Years ago I had started using name=chinese / english for counties and districts which I nowadays change back to name=chinese and name:en=english whenever I stumble on it. Still I’m using name=tibetan / chinese, name=korean / chinese etc. for places where the majority of population is Tibetan, Korean etc.

But I won’t use such a long name combination on ways like way 230560846 - it seemingly doesn’t get rendered anyway…


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