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Xihu youlan zhiyu 西湖游覽志餘


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Xihu youlan zhiyu 西湖游覽志餘 "Superflous touristic records of a journey to the West Lake" is a travel record written by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) scholar Tian Rucheng 田汝成 (jinshi degree 1526), courtesy name Tian Shuhe 田叔禾. He came from Qiantang 錢塘 (modern Hangzhou 杭州, Zhejiang) and has written the books Yanjiao jiwen 炎徼紀聞, Longping jilüe 龍憑紀略, Liaoji 遼記 and Wuyi youyong 武夷游詠. His 26 juan "scrolls" long Xihu youlan jiyu is basically a geographical report that includes a lot of stories and information about the spots around the West Lake 西湖 and people living there. For the compilation, Tian Rucheng read a lot of books about the region of Hangzhou and the importance of the West Lake for the cultural life of Hangzhou, the ancient capital of the Southern Song empire 南宋 (1127-1279). He so incorporated information from older books like Xianchun Lin'an zhi 咸淳臨安志, Ducheng jisheng 都城記勝 or Wulin jiushi 武林舊事. While these are more historiographical reports, Tian's book is very interested in the stories around Hangzhou and the West Lake. Some of these stories later developed into popular novels, like Zhou Ji's 周楫 Xihu erji 西湖二集 or the anonymous Xihu yiji 西湖一集.
The Xihou youlan zhiyu was first printed in 1547, and there is another print surviving dating from the Wanli reign 萬曆 (1573-1619). It is included in the imperial collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書.


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Source: Fan Ning 范寧 (1986), "Xihu youlan zhiyu 西湖游覽志餘", in Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, Zhongguo wenxue 中國文學 (Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe), Vol. 2, p. 1003.

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