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Transformative Journeys: Travel and Culture in Song China

Cong Ellen Zhang


During the Song (960–1279), all educated Chinese men traveled frequently, journeying long distances to attend school and take civil service examinations. They crisscrossed the country to assume government posts, report back to the capital, and return home between assignments and to attend to family matters. This book analyzes the impact of travel on this group of elite men and the places they visited. The book considers the practical aspects of travel during the Song in the context of state mobilization of and assistance to government travelers, including the infrastructure of waterways and hi ... More

Keywords: Song elite, Chinese men, travel, elite men, Chinese literati, China, cultural integration, social integration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833992
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833992.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cong Ellen Zhang, author
University of Virginia