November 12 1874, Zuo Zongtang reported that thanks to the help of Hu Guangyong, the financial problems for pacifying the western rebellions was supported. In the late Qing, the financial situation of central government was tight and local governors had to find their own financial sources. In fact, before the Taiping rebellion this situations already existed. Local officials set up "lougui (ugly regulations" to get money. It became a serious problems since the late Qing period. About the details of "lougui", you may refer to our bulletin: Zhou Jian, "Lougui and Local Government Finance in the Early Nineteenth Century: Seen in the Lougui Investigation of 1820".
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