Database: China and the West

Cultural relations between China and the West

This database project is dedicated to the cultural relations between China and the West (1245-2000). It links systematically collected and scientifically validated biographic and bibliographic information. The main items are chronology and names, which are indexed and searchable. The entries are currently classified according to the following subject fields.The subject fields currently comprise the following: history, religion, history of missions, travel and legation accounts, history of medias, geography, history of universities, sinology, literature, philosophy, art, and science.

The database is funded by the University of Zurich; access is free. Search results may be analysed online, it is possible to navigate within them, and they can be saved as PDF report for further processing. Should material from the database be used in publications, we welcome a corresponding source reference.


The following link leads to the database login:

A help function is integrated into the database to facilitate its use.

Researchers may apply for a personal account which allows for the collection and saving of PDF reports for a duration of twenty-four hours

Reports of main entries


  • English-speaking Literature and Philosophy (in processing)
  • German-speaking Literature and Philosophy
  • French-speaking Literature and Philosophy
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Science
  • Art
  • Linguistics
  • Journals
  • Social Science
  • Travel records and reports on diplomatic missions
  • Economics and Trade
  • History and Politics
  • Sinology
  • Translators


This project is chiefly administered by our scientific librarian, Mrs Anne-Marie Werner. We should like to thank her and all assisting researchers, who help us to attain and sustain a high quality of the data, as well as all our colleagues all over the world who have readily supplied us with information.

We welcome questions, suggestions, supplements to the contents of the database. They may be submitted here: submission form

In case of technical questions / problems, please contact us here: submission form