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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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Government Assistance for Official Travel

Government Assistance for Official Travel

Porter-Guards, Means of Transport, and Lodging

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(p.83) Chapter 4 Government Assistance for Official Travel
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Transformative Journeys
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Cong Ellen Zhang

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833992.003.0005

This chapter investigates the means of transport and other logistical assistance to government officials in order to shed light on the material aspects of Song travel. More importantly, it will show how, as state representatives, Song scholar-officials enjoyed the generosity of both the central government and their local hosts. Imperial policies not only provided official travelers with transport and lodging, they also equipped them with a large troop of porter-guards. These privileges made it possible for travelers to concentrate on their scholarly preoccupations and bureaucratic network building during their trips. At the same time, by accepting these benefits, which strongly favored higher-ranking officials, all official travelers remained under the eye of the central and local governments. The same measures also distinguished official travelers from the rest of the population.

Keywords:   transportation, logistical assistance, Song travel, travel privileges, bureaucratic network building, Song official travel

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