By Edwin John Dingle;Ding Le Mei
Within the early 1900s a guy named Edwin John Dingle launched into a awesome mapping excursion of China. Overcoming marvelous odds and plenty of harmful occasions that threatened his lifestyles, he succeeded in his undertaking, crossing components of China the place no Westerner had ever been sooner than, and at last reached Tibet. There, he grew to become one of many first Westerners (if now not the 1st) to check in a Tibetan monastery. Upon his eventual go back to the West, he shared what he had realized in China and Tibet with others and got here to be recognized to millions as Ding Le Mei. right here, in his personal phrases, is Edwin Dingle's account of that incredible trip.
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Whilst in the end the Empire will profit greatly by the inventions of the Occident, the period of transition in Szech'wan, especially if machines are introduced too rapidly and unwisely, is one that will disturb the peace. It will be interesting to watch the attitude of the people towards the railway, for Szech'wan is essentially the province of the farmer. Szech'wan was one of the provinces where concessions were demanded, and railways had been planned by European syndicates, and where the gentry and students held mass meetings, feverishly declaring that none shall build Chinese lines but the people themselves.
_Poverty of Chao-t'ong_. Simplicity of life. Possible advantages of Chinese in struggle of yellow and white races. _Foreign goods in Yün-nan and Szech'wan_. Thousands of beggars die. Supposed lime poisoning. Content of the people. Opium not grown. _Prices of prepared drug in Tong-ch'uan-fu compared_. _Smuggling from Kwei-chow_. _Opium and tin of Yün-nan_. _Remarkable bonfire at Yün-nan-fu_. _Infanticide at Chao-t'ong_. Selling of female children into slavery. _Author's horse steps on human skull_.
My films were not many. I handed them a cigarette tin, but quite forgot that they asked for cigarettes as well (I had none), and I explained that horse-riding was not one of my accomplishments, so that their quadruped would be of no use to me. They looked glum, I smiled serenely. This is Chinesey. CHAPTER VIII _Szech-wan and Yün-nan_. Coolies and their loads. Exports and imports. Hints to English exporters. Food at famine rates. A wretched inn at Wuchai. Author prevents murder. Sleeping in the rain.