Xu Xiake courtesy name Zhenzhi, was a Chinese travel writer and geographer of the Ming Dynasty.
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Xu Xiake (January 5, 1587 – March 8, 1641), born Xu Hongzu), courtesy name Zhenzhi, was a Chinese travel writer and geographer of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) known best for his famous geographical treatise, and noted for his bravery and humility. He traveled throughout China for more than 30 years, documenting his travels extensively (which would be compiled posthumously into The Travel Diaries Xu Xiake, and his work translated by Ding Wenjiang). Xu's writing falls under the old Chinese literary category of 'travel record literature' ('youji wenxue'), which used narrative and prose styles of writing to portray one's travel experiences.