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The Embassy To Yunnan

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Emperor Chu Yu-t'ang, who is known by his posthumous title Hsiao-tsung, died in June of 1505 at the age of only thirty-five, to be succeeded by his thirteen year old son Chu Hou-chao. His death would affect not only Ho Ching-ming, but all of his fellow officials and, indeed, the course of Chinese history. The death of Hsiao-tsung brought a new responsibility for Ho Ching-ming. He was ordered to go as formal bearer of the news of the succession to the province of Yunnan, in the far southwest. Ho continues to play the student poet at intervals during his trip, and even at times the official. Ho was welcomed back to Peking by Li Meng-yang. The two men exchanged poems on the occasion for the official Peking to which Ho returned in the summer of 1506 was not that of his first years in the capital.

Keywords: Chinese history; Chu Yu-t'ang; Ho Ching-ming; Li Meng-yang; Peking; Yunnan

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