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Xihu zhi 西湖志

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Xihu zhi 西湖志 "Records on West Lake" is a geographic treatise on Lake Xihu in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, written on imperial order under the supervision of Li Wei 李衛, governor-general (zongdu 總督) of Zhejiang and Fu Wanglu 傅王露. The text was finished in 1731, during the mid-Qing period 清 (1644-1911) and is 48 juan "scrolls" long. The earliest description of Lake Xihu was compiled by Tian Rucheng 田汝成 during the Jiajiang reign 嘉靖 (1522-1566) of the Ming period 明 (1368-1644). His Xihu youlan zhi 西湖游覽志 describes the lake and the surrounding landscape and the buildings to be found there. It was written in a less systematic style, but based on geographical treatises and historical accounts. The Xihu zhi by Fu Wanglu imitates the systematic structure of local gazetteers (difangzhi 地方志) and is divided into 20 chapters providing information on hydrology, landscape, dams, bridges, pavilions, monasteries, temples and shrines, ruines, famous persons, local products, tombs, stone stelae, literary products and paintings, and "miscellaneous" details. The text quotes from a rich treasure of ancient sources and includes 41 maps and illustrations, of which the general view on the scenery of the West Lake is exceptionally good.


Source: Li Zhongjun 李仲均 (1992), "Xihu zhi 西湖志", in Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書,Dilixue 地理學 (Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe), p. 443.

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