I'm looking for boundary files for towns, villages and prefectures in China that are free. I've came across http://chinadataonline.org/, but they are limited.

Can anyone tell me where to look?

  • naturalearthdata.com/downloads/10m-cultural-vectors/… will get you some of it. Towns and villages often don't have well defined boundaries.
    – BradHards
    Jan 21 '15 at 7:05
  • Thanks Brad. I did find that site after more searching. I also found gadm.org which is helpful.
    – jared
    Jan 22 '15 at 23:49
  • The correct link for the Global Administrative Database is: www.gadm.org/country
    – malialia
    Feb 8 '16 at 17:52
  • Was gadm.org helpful? The boundaries are unclear, it did not even have district boundaries for province level cities
    – song0089
    May 26 '17 at 10:46

There is the Global Administrative Database: www.gadm.com/countries


Have you seen or checked DIVA-GIS that they have China boundary ?


Though this site does not have any GIS layers but it has the information about China : http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/china.htm They have put up maps that may help you to locate towns,Villages and etc..

GeoNetwork has another one for China as well http://www.fao.org/geonetwork/srv/en/main.home

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