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Luoyang mingyuan ji 洛陽名園記

Apr 3, 2012 © Ulrich Theobald

Luoyang mingyuan ji 洛陽名園記 "Famous gardens of Luoyang" is a description of public and private gardens in the ancient capital Luoyang 洛陽, Henan. The short book was compiled by the Northern Song-period 北宋 (960-1126) writer Li Zhi 李廌 (1059-1109), better known with his courtesy name Li Gefei 李格非, style Wenshu 文叔. He retired from official career at an early point of time and dedicated himself to the study of arts and literature. His collected writings are called Jinan ji 濟南集.

The Mingyuanji describes nineteen selected gardens of Luoyang. The descriptions include the history of the garden, its appearance and dimensions, its topographic features with hills, creeks and lakes, extraordinary flowers and ponds, buildings, and any antiques, paintings or calligraphies exhibited in its pavilions.

The Mingyuanji is particularly interesting for the history of the Chinese garden and the history of the city of Luoyang that continued being the cultural centre of northern China although the capital had been shifted to Kaifeng 開封 (modern Kaifeng, Henan) further east.

The Luoyang mingyuan ji is included in the series Gushi wenfang xiaoshuo 顧氏文房小說, Xuejin taoyuan 學津討原, Baichuan xuehai 百川學海, Jindai mishu 津逮秘書, Congshu jicheng 叢書集成, Siku quanshu 四庫全書 and Haishanxianguan congshu 海山仙館叢書, and in the modern collection Mingshansheng gaiji 名山勝概記. In 1955 it was printed in one volume with the Guihai yuheng zhi 桂海虞衡志.

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