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The Record Of The Lands Of Yue

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This chapter of the Yuejue shu, describes key sites in the kingdom of Yue, including King Goujian's capital, which was one of China's oldest recorded planned cities. It emphasizes the impact King Goujian had on the landscape of this region: virtually every building mentioned is said to have been erected either for his personal use or as part of the war effort he initiated to defeat the kingdom of Wu. The authors repeatedly link landscape features of northern Zhejiang province to events from the life of the greatest king of Yue. The chapter records a period of enormous and diverse construction in what is now northern Zhejiang province. This seems to have been part of a general trend ascribed to both Wu and Yue at this time, towards the erection of massive prestige projects, ranging from platforms and towers to embankments, and from to palaces to whole cities.

Keywords: China; Goujian; Wu; Yue; Yuejue shu; Zhejiang



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