The Celestial Empire of Cathay was a country in Lyra's world. A map of Cathay and Manchuria was on Globetrotter's list of maps.[1] There was a city there called Hang Chow[2] and a region called Sin Kiang.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

  • In our world, corresponding to Will's world, Cathay is an alternative historical name for China. It is likely that Cathay and Manchuria in Lyra's world cover much of what we would call China. Hang Chow is analogous to the city of Hangzhou in East China.



  1. Lyra's Oxford, Globetrotter map
  2. The Amber Spyglass, Chapter 19
  3. The Secret Commonwealth, Chapter 3
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