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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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Travelers and Their Local Hosts

Travelers and Their Local Hosts

Receptions, Entertainment, and Their Cost

(p.130) Chapter 6 Travelers and Their Local Hosts
Transformative Journeys

Cong Ellen Zhang

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter looks at the interactions between officials in transit and their local hosts, seen from the perspective of the local administrators. As celebrated as the farewell parties, chance meetings, and lavish receptions are in Song literature, these elements of contemporary travel culture shaped the experiences of travelers and their local hosts in dramatically different ways: such occasions could be a huge burden to the officials who hosted them and to local governments. Not only were local administrators often overwhelmed by the task of entertaining traveling colleagues, they were also burdened with trying to impress and cater to sometimes arrogant and inconsiderate superiors. These preoccupations clearly distracted local officials from their primary responsibilities as overseers of the welfare of the general populace. In addition, this chapter discusses the financial implications of relocation for individual travelers.

Keywords:   local hosts, local administrators, contemporary travel culture, relocation, financial implications

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