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Haiguo wenjian lu 海國聞見錄

Oct 23, 2019 © Ulrich Theobald

Haiguo wenjian lu 海國聞見錄 "Hearsay from overseas countries" is a report of foreign countries in Southwest and South Asia written by Chen Lunjiong 陳倫炯 (dates unknown) during the early Qing period 清 (1644-1911). His father had participated in the conquest of Taiwan and was sent out to overseas settlements of Chinese, in many of which Lunjiong accompanied him. He inherited his father's post as regional vice commander (fujiang 副將) of the Penghu Archipelago 澎湖 and was then promoted to regional commander (zongbingguan 總兵官) of Taiwan and provincial commander of the naval forces (shuishi tigu 水師提督) of Ningbo 寧波, Zhejiang. Through all his career he was very familiar with the sea and overseas trade.

In his 2-juan long book he describes various island, countries, trade routes, climate, local products, customs and habits of native peoples. In the second part of the text, six maps are inserted, showing Taiwan, the Penghu Islands, Qiongzhou 瓊州 (today Hainan) and other islands. The book was finished in 1730 and first printed in 1744.

It is included in the series Yihai zhuchen 藝海珠塵, Zhaodai congshu 昭代叢書 and Xiaofanghuzhai yudi congchao 小方壺齋輿地叢鈔.

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