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Local Gazetteers
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Chinese local gazetteers (fangzhi or difangzhi) are handbooks about Chinese administrative regions, structured according to subject matter. The genre emerged during the Northern Song era in the 11th century and continues to exist to this day. The number of volumes from the beginnings until 1949 is more than 8300. Since 1949 about 2000 new works have been composed.

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Moll-Murata, Christine, “Local Gazetteers”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 01 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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