Zhao Rukuo

Chinese politician and author during the Song dynasty

1170   -   1228

country of citizenship: Southern Song Dynasty
occupation: writer, explorer

Zhao Rukuo (simplified Chinese: 赵汝适; traditional Chinese: 趙汝适; pinyin: Zhào Rǔkuò; 1170–1231), also written as Chau Ju-Kua/Chou Ju-kua/Zhao Rugua, or misread as Zhao Rushi, is a Song dynasty official who wrote a two-volume book titled Zhu Fan Zhi. The book deals with the world known to the Chinese in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries; the first volume is a list of foreign places with descriptions of each place and the customs of its local people. The second volume is a catalog of trade goods.
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