By Edwin John Dingle
This ebook, first released in 1911, is among the most vital and most sensible written shuttle books from outdated China. Edwin Dingle recounts his adventures as he travels up the Yangtze River from Shanghai after which by means of foot southwest throughout a few of China's so much wild and woolly territory to Burma. alongside the way in which, Dingle absorbed an important volume of approximately lifestyles and society in southwest China, and describes what he sees in a readable and delicate means.
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On March 19th. I fell up against a boatman who offered to take us ashore. An uglier fellow I had never seen in the East. * But for the author, who with his companion was a literal “babe in the wood,” the day was most eventful and trying to one’s personal serenity. We had asked questions of all and sundry respecting our proposed tramp and the way we should get to work in making preparations. Each individual person seemed vigorously to do his best to induce us to turn back and follow callings of respectable members of society.
The arduousness of constant mountaineering — for such is ordinary travel in most parts of Western China — laid the foundation of a long illness, rendering it impossible for me to continue my walking, and as a consequence I resided in the interior of China during a period of convalescence of several months duration, at the end of which I continued my cross-country tramp. Subsequently I returned into Yün-nan from Burma, lived again in Tong-ch’uan-fu and Chao-t’ong-fu, and traveled in the wilds of the surrounding country.
And Mr. B. Morse, whose works are quoted. Much information was also gleaned from other sources. My thanks are due also to Mr. W. Brayton Slater and to my brother, Mr. R. Dingle, for their kindness in having negotiated with my publishers in my absence in Inland China; and to the latter, for unfailing courtesy and patience, I am under considerable obligation. “Across China on Foot” would have appeared in the autumn of 1910 had the printers’ proofs, which were several times sent to me to different addresses in China, but which dodged me repeatedly, come sooner to hand.