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Across China on Foot - One Man's Incredible Quest by Edwin John Dingle;Ding Le Mei

By Edwin John Dingle;Ding Le Mei

Within the early 1900s a guy named Edwin John Dingle launched into a outstanding mapping day trip of China. Overcoming extraordinary odds and plenty of harmful occasions that threatened his existence, he succeeded in his undertaking, crossing components of China the place no Westerner had ever been ahead of, and at last reached Tibet. There, he turned one of many first Westerners (if no longer 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 identified 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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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. " Machines of foreign make have before now been scrapped, railways have been pulled up and thrown into the sea, telegraph lines have been torn down and sold, and on every hand among this wonderful people there has always been apparent a distinct hatred to things and ideas foreign.

There is so much craft, so much diplomacy, so much subtle legerdemain that, if he chooses, the Chinese may give you no end of trouble to inform yourself on the simplest subject. The Chinese, like so many cavillers and calumniators, all glib of tongue, who know better than any nation on earth how to turn voice and pen to account, have taken the utmost advantage of extended means of circulating thought, with the result that an Englishman such as myself, even were I a deep scholar of their language, would have the greatest difficulty in getting at the truth about their own affairs.

But my reckonings were bad. The laoban and the other two youthful members of the half-witted crew had not yet taken their "chow," and this, added to many little discrepancies in their reckoning and in mine, kept me in a boiling rage until half-past six, when at last they pushed off, and nearly capsized the boat at the outset. The details of that early morning, and the happenings throughout the long, sad day, I think I can never forget--from the breaking of tow-lines to frequent stranding on the rocks and sticking on sandbanks, the orders wrongly given, the narrow escape of fire on board, the bland thick-headedness of the ass of a captain, the collisions, and all the most profound examples of savage ignorance displayed when one has foolish Chinese to deal with.

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