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Chang'an zhitu 長安志圖

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Chang'an zhitu 長安志圖 "Illustrated record of Chang'an", original title Chang'an tuji 長安圖記, is a history of Chang'an (modern Xi'an 西安, Shaanxi) written by the Yuan period 元 (1279-1368) scholar and writer Li Haowen 李好文. The 3 juan "scrolls" long book was finished in 1344 and presents a richly illustrated account of the history of the ancient capital of China. It describes the metropolitan region of the Han 漢 (206 BCE-220 CE) and Tang 唐 (618-907) periods, the capital with the city wall, the palaces and markets, temples, parks and canals, the imperial tomb mounds, commanderies and districts. It is a very valuable book because it is one of the few old descriptions of Chang'an providings maps and can therefore supplement other writings, like Song Minqiu's 宋敏求 Chang'anzhi 長安志 or Cheng Dachang's 程大昌 Yonglu 雍錄.
The Chang'an zhitu was first printed in 1468, and then again in 1778 as part of the imperial collectanea Siku quanshu 四庫全書. It is also included in the modern collectanea Zhongguo fangzhi congshu 中國方志叢書.


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. 55. ● Huang Daoli 黄道立 (1992), "Chang'anzhi 長安志", in Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, Dili 地理 (Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe), p. 28.

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