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Yue-Min xunshi jilüe 粤閩巡視紀略

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Yue-Min xunshi jilüe 粤閩巡視紀略 "Report of an inspection tour in Guangdong and Fujian" is a personal report of the early Qing period 清 (1644-1911) official Du Zhen's 杜臻 (1633-1703) travel as inspection official in Guangdong (Yue) and Fujian (Min). In 1683 he was sent out to accompany Grand Academician (neige xueshi 內閣學士) Shi Zhu 石柱 to inspect the local governments, opening of arable land, the fishing and salt industry, maritime defense as well as the great harbours. The 6 juan "scrolls" long books covers the travel from Beijing to the south and the six months long inspection tour through the two southern maritime provinces. It begins with a map presenting the coastline of the southeast. Juan 6 includes information about the islands in the Taiwan Strait. The book itself describes the local conditions, history of administration, landscape, ancient sites, maritime defense, and the military garrison system, and is therefore an important contribution to the history of southeast China during the early Qing period.
It is included in the imperial collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書. In 1979 the Shanghai guji press 上海古籍書店 published a faksimile of the Yuexue Studio 岳雪樓 manuscript.
Du Zhen has also comiled a book on maritime defense, the Haifang shulüe 海防述略.

Source: Wang Zhaoming 王兆明, Fu Langyun 傅朗云 (ed. 1991), Zhonghua gu wenxian da cidian 中華古文獻大辭典, Dili 地理卷 (Jilin: Changchun wenshi chubanshe), p. 341.

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