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The Resource South of the Yangtze : travels through the heart of China, Bill Porter

South of the Yangtze : travels through the heart of China, Bill Porter

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South of the Yangtze : travels through the heart of China
Title
South of the Yangtze
Title remainder
travels through the heart of China
Statement of responsibility
Bill Porter
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Chinese civilization first developed 5,000 years ago in North China along the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River. And the Yellow River remained the center of Chinese civilization for the next 4,000 years. Then a thousand years ago, this changed. A thousand years ago, the center of Chinese civilization moved to the Yangtze. And the Yangtze, not the Yellow River, has remained the center of its civilization. A thousand years ago, the Chinese came up with a name for this new center of its civilization. They called it Chiangnan, meaning 'South of the River, ' the river in question, of course, being the Yangtze. The Chinese still call this region Chiangnan. Nowadays it includes the northern parts of Chekiang and Kiangsi provinces and the southern parts of Anhui and Kiangsu. And some would even add the northern part of Hunan. But it's not just a region on the map. It's a region in the Chinese spirit. It's hard to put it into words. Ask a dozen Chinese what 'Chiangnan' means, and they'll give you a dozen different answers. For some the word conjures forests of pine and bamboo. For others, they envision hillsides of tea, or terraces of rice, or lakes of lotuses and fish. Or they might imagine Zen monasteries, or Taoist temples, or artfully-constructed gardens, or mist-shrouded peaks. Oddly enough, no one ever mentions the region's cities, which include some of the largest in the world. Somehow, whatever else it might mean to people, Chiangnan means a landscape, a landscape and a culture defined by mist, a landscape and a culture that lacks the harder edges of the arid North. In the fall of 1991, Bill Porter decided to travel through this vaporous land, following the old post roads that still connected its administrative centers and scenic wonders, its most famous hometowns and graves, its factories and breweries, its dreamlike memories and its mist, and he was joined on this journey by his poet and photographer friends, Finn Wilcox and Steve Johnson. South of the Yangtze is a record in words and black and white images of their trip
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1943-
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Porter, Bill
Dewey number
951.2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
DS793.Y3
LC item number
P67 2016
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Porter, Bill
  • Landscapes
  • Black-and-white photography
  • Yangtze River Region (China)
  • Yangtze River Region (China)
  • Yangtze River Region (China)
  • Yangtze River Region (China)
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South of the Yangtze : travels through the heart of China, Bill Porter
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Kuangchou -- Hengyang & Hengshan -- Revolutionaries -- Changsha -- Poets -- The Spirit of the River -- Lushan -- Pure Land & Zen -- Nanchang -- Porcelain & Ink -- Huangshan & Chiuhuashan -- Li Pai -- Nanking -- Immortals & Teapots -- Wuhsi & Changshu -- Suchou -- Hermits & Pearls -- Hangchou -- Shaosing -- Tientai -- Ningpo -- Putuoshan
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9781619027343
Lccn
2016008978
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • ocn922911728
  • (OCoLC)922911728
Label
South of the Yangtze : travels through the heart of China, Bill Porter
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Kuangchou -- Hengyang & Hengshan -- Revolutionaries -- Changsha -- Poets -- The Spirit of the River -- Lushan -- Pure Land & Zen -- Nanchang -- Porcelain & Ink -- Huangshan & Chiuhuashan -- Li Pai -- Nanking -- Immortals & Teapots -- Wuhsi & Changshu -- Suchou -- Hermits & Pearls -- Hangchou -- Shaosing -- Tientai -- Ningpo -- Putuoshan
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9781619027343
Lccn
2016008978
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • ocn922911728
  • (OCoLC)922911728

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