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Transformative JourneysTravel and Culture in Song China$
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Cong Ellen Zhang

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833992

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833992.001.0001

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Readying for Departure

Readying for Departure

Paperwork and Procedures

(p.69) Chapter 3 Readying for Departure
Transformative Journeys

Cong Ellen Zhang

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on travel-related bureaucratic formalities. Before they could embark on their new assignments, Song civil servants were subject to many formal procedures. In addition to the pro forma memorials of gratitude, they were responsible for reporting at various government offices and for attending imperial audiences. Only once these requirements were met could they schedule their departures and become eligible for government assistance on the road. Song travelers rarely wrote about these routines with much excitement. But such bureaucratic procedures are fundamentally important to our understanding of Song official travel. To successfully manage the dispatch of thousands of civil servants to their offices required that various government organs closely cooperate in overseeing the dismissal or transfer of incumbents and the appointment of their successors.

Keywords:   Song travel, formal procedures, bureaucratic procedures, Song official travel, government assistance

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