China Pictorial Magazine


      China Pictorial began on July 18, 1950, less than a year after the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and has continued publishing monthly ever since. The magazine has received much attention from Chinese leaders, and Mao himself wrote the name of the magazine for its masthead in his own calligraphy. After the Mao era the capitalist-roaders likewise took a great interest in the content of this magazine.

      China Pictorial has been published (starting at various times and in some cases no longer continuing) in Chinese, Korean, Russian, English, German, French, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Hindi, Spanish, Arabic, Thai, Swedish, Swahili, Italian, Urdu, Romanian and Tibetan. No other Chinese magazine has had editions in so many languages. We will post here as many issues from the Mao era, and in as many languages, as we can obtain.

      Note that these magazines are very large format (10.25 x 14.5 inches; 26 x 37 centimeters), and because of the size of the magazine and the large number of photographs, the digital files are very large and take a prohibitively long time to view or download unless you have broadband access to the Internet.

      Some of the issues have the file extension “.djvu”. These files require the WinDjView program to read them. This reader can be obtained for free at:   (Linux users have the capability to read .djvu files integrated into their PDF readers of the major desktops: Okular in KDE, Evince in GNOME.)

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