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Pingjiang jishi 平江記事

Mar 29, 2012 © Ulrich Theobald

Pingjiang jishi 平江記事 "Notes on the Pacified South" is a geographical description of Suzhou 蘇州, Jiangsu, compiled during the Yuan period 元 (1279-1368) by Gao Deji 高德基. He hailed from Pingjiang 平江 (modern Suzhou) and was route commander (zongguan 總管) of the circuit (lu 路) of Jiande 建德.

The short book came into being during the Zhizheng reign-period 至正 (1341-1368). It includes descriptions of Suzhou and its antique places, touristic spots like the Tiger Hill 虎丘, the tomb of the courtesan Zhenniang 真娘墓, the Temple of Lord Taibo 太伯廟, the first ruler of the state of Wu 吳, the Pingmen city gate 平門, Mt. Xushan 胥山, Mt. Dongting 洞庭山, the Luxiang Pavillion in Wujiang 吳江鱸鄉亭, the Xuanmiao Temple in Wucheng 吳城玄妙觀, and so on. The descriptions are very detailed and provide countless of information not included in official local gazetteers.

The Pingjiang jishi is included in the series Jigutang congke 稽古堂叢刻, Siku quanshu 四庫全書 and Congshu jicheng chubian 叢書集成初編.

Source:
Wang Zhaoming 王兆明, Fu Langyun 傅朗雲, ed. (1991), Zhonghua wenxian da cidian 中華古文獻大辭典, Vol. Dili 地理 (Changchun: Jilin wenshi chubanshe), 69.