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Once Ho Ching-ming arrives in Sian, the sources for his life dwindle to the extent that there is relatively little we can say in detail with confidence about his activities or works there, especially during the year 1519. There are only seventy-five poems attributable to the entire Shensi period, and so we are thrown more onto external testimony for details about his life than is the case for his years in Peking. His reduced output may also reflect the relatively underdeveloped social and literary activity of Shensi. Ho's activities in Shensi were along different lines from those of Li Meng-yang in Kiangsi a few years earlier. He made at least two trips south across the Ch'in-ling mountain range to the upper valley of the Han River, and we are told that he did not avoid traveling northwest to districts that were on the fringe of the nomad-inhabited steppes.

Keywords: Ch'in-ling mountain range; Han River; Ho Ching-ming; literary activity; Peking; Shensi; Sian



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