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Riding the River Home: A Complete and Annotated Translation of Fan Chengda's (1126–1193) Travel Diary Record of a Boat Trip to Wu (Wuchuan lu)

Fan Chengda; Translated by James M. Hargett

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April, 2008
Cloth, 400 pages,
ISBN: 978-962-996-302-6
The Chinese University Press

Record of a Boat Trip to Wu (Wuchuan lu) is a travel journal written by Fan Chengda, the famous government official and writer of the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). In it, Fan recounts his boat journey from Chengdu (Sichuan) to his home near Suzhou (Jiangsu) in the summer and fall of 1177. His trip covered a distance of approximately 1,700 miles and took 122 days to complete, and his journal provides a richly detailed, often fascinating account of the scenic and historic sites he visited during the trip, including the history, literature, art, and religion of the Song dynasty (960-1279). This translation is annotated.

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About the Author

James M. Hargett is professor of Chinese at the University of Albany, State University of New York.

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