Xuyi County

Last updated on 19 June 2017

Xuyi County (simplified Chinese: 盱眙县; traditional Chinese: 盱眙縣; pinyin: Xūyí Xiàn) is under the administration of Huai'an, Jiangsu province, China. The southernmost of Huai'an's county-level divisions, it borders the prefecture-level cities of Suqian to the north and Chuzhou (Anhui) to the south and west. Xuyi is known for its raw crayfish and savoury crayfish.

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Xuyi is located in Jiangsu

Etymology

The original meaning of "xuyi" in the ancient Chinese is "widen one's eyes and look straight ahead".[2] Since there was a city built on a hill, people could stand atop and act as "xuyi" to survey, both of the county and the hill were name named after the word.

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Ming Ancestors Mausoleum

History

Xuyi was under the jurisdiction of Anhui province until 1955, being passed to Jiangsu to facilitate the management of the Hongze Lake.

Historical sites

A famous local site are the ruins of the Ming Ancestors' Mausoleum (明祖陵; Míngzǔlíng), built by the first Ming emperor Zhu Yuanzhang in honor of his ancestors who lived here.

The mausoleum site was flooded ca. 1680, when the Yellow River changed its course, merged with the Huai River, and the Hongze Lake appeared. (The nearby Ming-era city of Sizhou (泗州) was completely flooded by the same lake as well). In the 1960s, the lake waters receded; the stone figures of the mausoleum's Spirit way were subsequently recovered from the mud and re-erected. (33°5′7″N 118°28′18″E / 33.08528°N 118.47167°E / 33.08528; 118.47167)[3]

External links

Notes

  1. ^ Google (2014-07-02). "Xuyi" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  2. ^ Shuowen Jiezi "盱:張目也...眙:直視也"
  3. ^ Eric N. Danielson, "The Ming Ancestor Tomb". China Heritage Quarterly, No. 16, December 2008.

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