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Wujun zhi 吳郡志


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(Shaoding) Wujun zhi (紹定)吳郡志 "Gazetteer of the Commandery of Wu (from the Shaoding reign)", also called Wumenzhi 吳門志, is a local gazetteer of Suzhou 蘇州 (modern Suzhou, Jiangsu) compiled by the Southern Song period 南宋 (1127-1279) writer Fan Chengda 范成大 (1126—1193). The 50 juan "scrolls" long book was finished around 1192 and is based on older sources on the city, like the Wudiji 吳地記 or Wujun tujing duji 吳郡圖經續記. It is divided into 39 chapters providing information on the administrative history of the city, the population census, the tax system, customs and habits, the city walls, schools, markets, temples, gardens, the most important prefects and officials, hydraulic works, or eminent persons from the town. The book is accompanied by a preface written by Zhao Rutan 趙汝談 during the Shaoding reign 紹定 (1228-1233), when the book was printed. The book was revised in the same year. The traditional chapter on literature (Yiwen 藝文) is included as appendix to the other chapters. The chapter on eminent persons (Renwu 人物) provides the biographies of more than 260 persons from Suzhou and lists more than 450 graduates of the jinshi degree hailing from the city. The chapter on local products (Tuwu 土物) includes interesting objects like the Taihu stones 太湖石, the green-head ducks (lütou ya 綠頭鴨), the perch (luyu 鱸魚) or green tangerines from Tongting 洞庭綠桔.
The Wujun zhi is included in the collectanea Siku quanshu 四庫全書 and Congshu jicheng chubian 叢書集成初編.

Contents
1. 沿革 Yange Historical development
分野 Fenye Dividing up wilderness
户口税租 Hukou shuizu Households and grain tax
土貢 Tugong Local tributes
2. 風俗 Fengsu Customs and habits
3. 城郭 Chengguo The city wall
4. 學校 Xuexiao Schools
5. 營寨 Yingzhai Garrisons
6. 官宇 Guanyu Offices I
倉庫場務,市樓附 Cangku changwu, Shilou Granaries, local supervision, market halls
坊市 Fangshi Market quarters
7. 官宇 Guanyu Offices II
8.-9. 古蹟 Guji Antique places
10. 封爵 Fengjue Enfeoffment
10.-11. 牧守 Mushou Governors
11. 題名 Timing Appointment
12. 官吏 Guanli Officials
12.-13. 祠廟 Simiao Shrines and temples
14. 園亭 Yuanting Gardens and pavilions
15. 山 Shan Mountains
16. 虎丘 Huqiu The Tiger Hill
17. 橋梁 Qiaoliang Bridges
18 .川 Chuan Rivers
19. 水利 Shuili Waterworks
20.-27. 人物 Renwu Eminent persons
28. 進士題名 Jinshi timing Graduates of the metropolitan examination
29.-30. 土物 Tuwu Local products
31. 宮觀 Gongguan Daoist temples
府郭寺 Fuguo si Buddhist monasteries inside the town
32.-36. 郭外寺 Guowai si Monasteries outside the town
37.-38. 縣記 Xianji The districts
39. 塚墓 Zhoumu Tombs
40.-41. 仙事 Xianshi Immortals (Daoists)
42. 浮屠 Futu Buddhists
43. 方技 Fangji Magicians and astrologers
44. 奇事 Qishi Strange matters
45.-47. 異聞 Yiwen Extraordinary tales
48. 考證 Kaozheng Critical views
49. 雜詠 Zayong Miscellaneous praise
50. 雜志 Zazhi Miscellaneous records

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (ed. 1996), Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, p. 169.

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