Xi yu fan guo zhi


Xi yu fan guo zhi

Xi yu fan guo zhi 西域番国志, or Hsi-yü fan-kuo chih (literally "A Record of the Babarian Countries in the Western Region". ) was a report submitted by Ming dynastyenvoy Chen Cheng (陈诚) to Emperor Yongle about the eighteen countries and territories he travelled thru during 1414-1415 as a member of an embassy contigence to the kingdom of Timurid in Central Asia (Xi Yu).

Chen Cheng's Travel

Content of Xi yu fan guo zhi

Xi yu fan guo zhi consists of 18 chapters
*Herat
*Samarkand
*Andkud
*Balkh
*Termiz
*Shahrokhia
*Sayram
*Tashkand
*Bokhara
*Kesh
*Yanghikend
*Bishbalik
*Turfan
*Ya Er
*Yamshi
*Khocho
*Lukchun
*Kumul

English Translation

There is no complete translation of the Xi yu fan guo zhi; however there is anEnglish translation of the first chapter : Herat by Morris Rossabi.

*Morris Rossabi: "A Translation of Ch'en Ch'eng's Hsi-Yü Fan-Kuo Chih," Ming Studies, 17 (1983): 49-59.

See also

* Morris Rossabi, "Two Ming Envoys to Inner Asia," T'oung Pao, LXII/1-3 1976, 1-34.
* F. J. Hecker, A fifteenth-century Chinese diplomat in Herat, Joumal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 3rd series p85-91, 1993.
* Emil Bretschneider Mediaeval Researches vol 2, p 147.


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