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|Other Titles:||Prosperity of Yangzhou and Its the Foreign Community in the Late Tang Dynasty|
National Taiwan Normal University Department of History
After An Lu-shan rebellion, Yangzhou (揚州) was shored up as the largest commercial city using its geographical advantage to connect Jiangnan (江南) province, which became a new economic hub, and traditional political and military center including Changan ( 長安), Luoyang ( 洛陽). Accordingly, Yangzhou enjoyed unprecedented economic boom as merchant, noble man and immigrant gathered here. Persian and Arabian merchants, who had landed through Gwangzhou (廣州), as well as Sogdian merchants, who had moved around Changan through the Silk Road, were advancing into Yangzhou area and led expensive, luxurious product market. They were mainly engaged in jewel and species, and formed foreign community nearby Yangzhou-market and used to hold jewel exhibition every year by organizing a commercial body. They had enough capital strength even to be required donation by local government and kept good relationship with them by responding to the requirement Yangzhou was a base for Silla merchants who had lead trading in Northeast Asia by connecting Dengzhou (登州), Ningbo (寧波) in China, Wando in Silla and Dazaifu (大宰府) in Kyushu Japan at that time. Additionally, Yangzhou was the largest place for purchasing for various products and gathering information for Japanese who had dispatched delegation earnestly in spite of frequent shipwreck to import advanced culture and Japanese could not only meet expensive, luxurious products introduced through Nanhai sea route (南海路), but also invite Arabian merchants as well as Sogidian merchants to Japan by directly meeting with them. In the midst of this situation, meeting between people in Northeast and Persia and trading between merchants started, and Yangzhou became a place to construct network between ' Nanhai trading area' and ' North east trading area'.
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