Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2008. First Edition. Hardcover. Used - Fine. 16 x 24 cm. Glossary-Index. 302 pp. / Very good. Item #6288
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.