Chen Zu' en and Yu Jixing. Lao ming xin pian: Fengsu pian = Old Postcards: Customs 老明信片. 风俗篇. Shanghai: Shanghai Huabao Chubanshe, 1999.
A personal collection of over four hundred historic postcards (in black and white and hand-colored) dating from the late Qing dynasty to the 1940s that represent photographs taken by foreigners. Many of the pictures were taken for Japanese companies.

Fang Lin, Shou Xiang, and Bei Ning, eds. Jiumeng chongjing: Qingdai mingxinpian xuanji (Revisiting old dreams: Selection of Qing dynasty postcards) 旧梦重惊: 清代明信片选集. Nanning: Guangxi Meishu Chubanshe, 1998.
Three hundred postcards selected from about three thousand, all of which are in a personal postcard collection of a Chinese couple, scientists living in France. Each photo is accompanied by a short poem or a few lines that serve as personal interpretations of the image in each card. The descriptions of the photographs have strong patriotic tones. Images cover a wide spectrum of contemporary historical events, such as foreign invasions. Most postcards use photographic reproductions, while others depict drawings and paintings. The cities emphasized are Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Wuhan, Suzhou, Jinan, Yantai, Qingdao, Kunming, Mengzi, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, and Lhasa. Chapters focus on the government of the Qing dynasty, historical changes to the homeland, Chinese costumes and social views, and revisiting old dreams.

Fluck, Hans-Rüdiger, Barbara Böke-Fluck, and Jianhua Zhu. Shanghai li shi ming xin pian = Souvenirs from Shanghai: Historic Postcards (From the Private Collection of Hans-R. Fluck) 上海歷史明信片. Shanghai: Tongji Daxue Chubanshe, 1993.

Liu Boxian. Wang shi: wan Qing mingxinpian toushi (Seeing the past through the postcards of late Qing) 往事: 晚淸明信片透视. Beijing: Renmin Chubanshe, 2001.
Although the sources of the two hundred examples of postcards shown in this small format book are not given, the foreword suggests they may have come from the author's collection. The text and black-and-white images depict the history of postcards in the late Qing and highlight categories such as portraits and traditional architecture, and popular subjects including women with bound feet, schools, scenes of punishment, and foreign concessions.

Liu Boxian, ed. Wanqing mingxinpian jicui (Selected postcards of the late Qing dynasty) 晚清明信片集粹. Beijing: Dongfang Chubanshe, 2003.
This well-organized personal collection of postcards dating from the late Qing dynasty is categorized into several themes: portraits; ancient architecture; landscapes and views; famous organizations; Western-style architecture; different social customs, traditions, and life scenes; and foreign invasions and occupations. Many postcards are in color with legible captions; some include postmarks and personal messages.

Lu You and Xu Xiaomei, eds. Qingdao lao mingxinpian, 1897–1914 = Historical Views of Qingdao, 1897–1914 青岛老明信片 1897–1914. Qingdao: Qingdao Chubanshe, 2005.
Collected by a Chinese philatelist native to Qingdao, this private collection of over four hundred historic postcards were issued in Qingdao between 1897 and 1914, during the German occupation of the city. Often captioned in Chinese or English, most of the postcards include greetings sent by both German troops stationed in Qingdao and Europeans who resided in Qingdao during the German occupation. The postcards depict social traditions and customs, street scenes, new urban developments, German-style architecture, and the German army's activities, including those related to the leasehold of Kiaochow (Jiaozhou) Bay.

Tang Gongchun, ed. Jiu mingxinpian zhong de lao Dalian = Historic Postcards Showing Old Dalian 旧明信片中的老大连. Beijing: Wenwu Chubanshe, 2004.
This book contains over four hundred postcards from both museum collections and two personal collections. Produced by the Japanese during their occupation of the city from 1905 to 1945, the postcards mainly depict Japanese colonial accomplishments, Japanese-influenced architecture, street scenes and port views, images related to the Japanese victory in the Japanese-Russian War (1904–5), photos of Western-style buildings erected by Russians during their occupation of Dalian between 1895 and 1905, and the abundant resources of northeastern China. One of the main purposes of the collection was to motivate Japanese people to continue to support the colonizing expansion of the Japanese Empire.

Tang Zhuomin. Xianggang li shi ming xin pian jing xuan = A Selective Collection of Hong Kong Historic Postcards 香港歷史明信片精選. Hong Kong: Sanlian Shudian Youxian Gongsi, 1993.

Thiriez, Régine. "Imperial China in Postcards." Orientations 35, no. 5 (2004): 46–51.

Thiriez, Régine, ed. "Historical Chinese Postcard Project: 1896–1920." Institut d'Asie Orientale, Université de Lyon 2.

Yu Jixing, ed. Lao min xinpian: Jianzhu pian = Old Postcard: Buildings 老明信片, 建筑篇. Shanghai: Shanghai Pictorial Publishing House, 1997.

Zhe Fu, ed. Jiu Shanghai mingxinpian = Postcards of Old Shanghai 旧上海明信片. Shanghai: Xuelin Chubanshe, 1999.
The over three hundred examples of postcards from the author's collection are grouped into the following subjects in or on Shanghai, each prefaced with a short history of the location of the subject matter: the Bund; Nanking Road; Whampo River and Gardens; Soochow Creek; transportation; streets and buildings; hotel, residents, and market; Old China City and Longhua Pagoda; customs and personage; and all walks of life. Captions to these color reproductions of hand-tinted postcards dating from 1903 through 1938 occasionally include a description or date and origin of the postmark.

Zhe Fu and Fang Yunfang, eds. Qingdao jiuying = Old Pictures of Qingdao 青岛旧影. Shanghai: Shanghai Guji Chubanshe, 2007.
This collection of postcards was printed by the German and Japanese during their occupations of Qingdao between 1897–1914 and 1914–22, respectively. The collection reflects colonial attitudes toward achievements made in Qingdao.

Zhe Fu, Weng Ruquan, and Zhang Yu, eds. Xiamen jiuying = Old Pictures of Xiamen 厦门旧影. Shanghai: Shanghai Guji Chubanshe, 2007.
This book's focus is on the postal materials of Xiamen, including stamps, envelopes, and other historic postal materials issued by Chinese and foreigners in the late-nineteenth century. A few postcards and lithographs are included, which reflect not only postal history but also issues related to the opium trade and the immigration history of Fujian province.

Zhe Fu, Zhang Jialu, and Hu Baofang, eds. Wuhan jiuying = Old Pictures of Wuhan 武汉旧影. Shanghai: Shanghai Guji Chubanshe, 2007.
A rich and well-organized collection of photographic postcards representing Wuhan as a unique city by virtue of its early industries, railway, air and river transportation structures, and foreign concessions. Postcards show Wuhan as the starting point of the Chinese Republican Revolution in 1911, the newspaper coverage of Wuhan from the Illustrated London News and the Sphere during the nineteenth century, as well as some early foreign postal materials.

Zheng Jiechu. Beijing jiuying: Lao mingxinpian jilu de lishi = Old Postcards of Peking: History Recorded by Postcards 北京旧影: 老明信片记录的历史. Beijing: Zhongguo Shuju, 2008.