New PDF release: Across Yunnan: A Journey of Surprises

By Archibald John Little, Alicia Little (editor)

ISBN-10: 0511709382

ISBN-13: 9780511709388

ISBN-10: 1108014097

ISBN-13: 9781108014090

Released posthumously in 1910, Archibald Little's memoir of his trip around the Yunnan Province in Southwest China was once one of many first finished debts of the sector to be released in English. Little, a talented linguist, labored as a service provider in China for over fifty years and spread out the higher Yangtze sector to steam-powered trade. He was once renowned for his intrepid travels into territories no longer but explored through Westerners, and his list of this trip was once initially released as a chain of letters to the North China usher in. This publication additionally includes Little's account of the construction of the French Railway Line to Yunnan-Fu, which supplied a exchange course from India to the higher Yangtze area. throughout Yunnan was once accomplished and edited by way of Little's spouse after his loss of life in 1908. The booklet encompasses a precise map of the world and a number of other images.

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A wild hai-tse of this description, many tens of miles in extent, lies at the foot of the Chin-niu-shan or Golden Calf mountain, a high range in the distance on our right, away in the direction of the Kin-sha. The mountains we passed over were deeply 42 ACROSS YUNNAN scored by dry ravines, brick-red gashes in the green slopes which we had often to make long detours to head off. At the extreme points of such ravines, a fragile bridge of a few sticks of fir branches covered with earth, formed the path.

Our missionary friends informed us that all the good land was owned by a few rich gentry, ex-officials, who reside within the city walls and extort half the crop from the wretched farmers for rent. There were once very productive copper mines in the neighbourhood, but these, being under official management, were no longer flourishing. The Government provides the funds, but the Mining Commissioner and Treasurer of the province were said to be over half-a-million taels in arrear BETWEEN TWO CAPITALS 47 and only then furnishing about 500 tons of copper annually to Peking.

The scene reminded us of a valley in the west of Ireland,—level bog-land enclosed by mountains,— and a cold, drizzly rain, with the mountain summits enclosed in mist, completed the illusion. The path lost itself in the moor, and suddenly, much to the alarm of our Szechuan coolies, we found ourselves crossing a quaking bog, from which we only extricated ourselves coated with black peaty mud. The bog was covered with a weed then in flower,—a rich mauve blossom which gave the plain the appearance of being under crop, but neither dwellings nor cultivated land were visible, making the wildness of the scene very impressive.

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