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(Qiandao) Lin'an zhi (乾道)臨安志

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(Qiandao) Lin'an zhi (乾道)臨安志 "Local Gazetteer of Lin'an from the Qiandao Reign" is a local gazetteer on the city of Hangzhou 杭州, Zhejiang, compiled by the Southern Song period 南宋 (1127-1279) scholar Zhou Cong 周淙, courtesy name Zhou Yanguang 周彥廣. He came from Changxing 長興, Zhejiang, and was first vice transport commissioner (zhuanyun fushi 轉運副使) of Liang-Zhe 兩浙, then metropolitan prefect of Lin'an, and finally senior compiler (xiuzhuan 修撰) of the Youwen Hall 右文殿.
The 15 juan "scrolls" long text was finished in 1169 but was already lost during the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) except 3 juan. The first of these describes the imperial palace, central government institutions, imperial parks, shrines and temples in Lin'an, the second the history of Hangzhou, its surroundings, culture and customs, waterways, roads, districts and townships, the most important buildings of the city, schools, military garrisons, bridges, local products, the tax quota of each district, granaries and postal stations. The last of the surviving scrolls is a collection of short biographies of 184 governors that administrated the city. Zhou Cong's text served as a blueprint for later gazetteers on Hangzhou during the Southern Song period like the Chunyou Lin'an zhi 淳祐臨安志 and Xianchun Lin'an zhi 咸淳臨安志. Zhou Cong served itself of an older text with maps on the city, the Hangzhou tujing 杭州圖經 by Li Zonge 李宗諤. The descriptive bibliography Siku quanshu zongmu tiyao 四庫全書總目提要 claims that anyone wanting to study the popular collection Wulin zhanggu 武林掌故 had first to read the Qiandao Lin'an zhi. It is included in the reprint series Siku quanshu, Wuxuntang congshu 武訓堂叢書, Yueyatang congshu 粵雅堂叢書, Wulin zhanggu congbian 武林掌故叢編 and the great gazetteer collection Zhongguo fangzhi congshu 中國方志叢書.

Sources: Shi Xuanyuan 施宣圓 et al. (ed. 1987), Zhongguo wenhua cidian 中國文化辭典 (Shanghai: Shanghai shehui kexue chubanshe), p. 357. ● 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 地理卷 (Jilin: Changchun wenshi chubanshe), p. 249.

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