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Guilin fengtu ji 桂林風土記

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Guilin fengtu ji 桂林風土記 "Land and people of Guilin" is a description of southwest China written by the Tang period 唐 (618-907) scholar Mo Xiufu 莫休符. The book was originally 3 juan "scrolls" long, but only a third has survived in the shape of 42 paragraphs. Not a lot is known about the author except that he came from Fengzhou 封州 (modern Fengkai 封開, Guangdong) and served as regional inspector (cishi 刺史) in Rongzhou 融州 and later as Censor-in-chief (yushi dafu 御史大夫). The book was finished in 899. It describes the landscape, geography, temples and shrines, history and stories of eminent persons from the region of Guilin from ancient times to the Tang period. His historiographical value is very high because it is the only book providing such information on the remote region of the southwest.
The Guilin fengtu ji is included in the reprint series Xuehai leibian 學海類編, Siku quanshu 四庫全書 and Congshu jicheng chubian 叢書集成初編.


Sources: Wang Zhaoming 王兆明, Fu Langyun 傅朗雲 (ed. 1991), Zhonghua gu wenxian da cidian 中華古文獻大辭典, Dili 地理 (Changchun: Jilin wenshi chubanshe), p. 279.

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