Qing Dynasty official's work report discovered in Shanxi

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A work report of an official dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) was found in northern China's Shanxi Province, a local museum said Monday.

The work report, donated by a citizen, belonged to Zhang Jiuding, who was born in Duancun Village in Pingyao County in 1748, said the museum, which features supervisory culture and history.

Zhang was dispatched by the imperial court to work in southwestern Guizhou in 1789, according to the work report.

The report recorded Zhang's major duties as an official and details of his life in Guizhou, including preaching newly issued laws and regulations to the local ethnic groups every month, reporting his own behaviors and daily expense, overseeing local officials and investigating and cracking down on crimes.

Zhang was a minor official, but the detailed work report showed he was a disciplined official, who was strict with himself and behaved cautiously and conscientiously, said Duan Ziming, a local expert.

Experts said that the work report reflected the government official system and the officials' values at that time. Although the report had a history of more than 200 years, it still has practical significance today. 

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