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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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Elite Travel, Famous Sites, and Local History

Elite Travel, Famous Sites, and Local History

Huangzhou after Su Shi’s Time

(p.180) Chapter 8 Elite Travel, Famous Sites, and Local History
Transformative Journeys

Cong Ellen Zhang

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on Huangzhou after Su Shi's departure. It argues that, just as Su Shi's exile had a great impact on the poet, statesman, and thinker, his sojourn in this culturally and economically backward prefecture transformed its image and identity, and put the locality on the cultural map of the country. Huangzhou remained a prime spot on the itineraries of elite travelers in the Southern Song. As they paid homage to Su Shi's legacy, Song men immortalized the fame of Red Cliff (Chibi), East Slope (Dongpo), and Snow Hall (Xuetang), landmarks associated with Su Shi's presence in Huangzhou. These writings found their way into the local gazetteer and permanently established the locality as a first-rate cultural site.

Keywords:   Huangzhou, Su Shi, Southern Song, Su Shi's legacy, cultural sites

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