China's Open Door; A Sketch Of Chinese Life And History

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byRounsevelle Wildman

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1900 Excerpt: ... XII. CANTON, THE TYPICAL CITY. CANTON in China--the China of to-day and the China of a thousand years. The post-office address of Hong Kong is "China;" but it is no more the real thing than is Singapore or " Chinatown" in San Francisco. I had read of Canton with its crowded streets; I had heard of Canton with its smells, with its execution ground, its pagoda, its yamens, and of shameen; but who can describe Canton as it is? No one--not even the kodak. Yet this wonderful city is less than a hundred miles up the broad Pearl from Hong Kong and English civilization. Thousands of tourists visit it yearly, and a line of Mississippi passenger steamers daily ply between the two antagonistic civilizations. We boarded one evening one of the big sidewheelers, that had come up from New Orleans, around the Horn; we were prepared to be disap THE APPROACH TO CANTON. 229 pointed, to be disgusted, to put up with whatever came in our way, but we did not dare hope for either amusement or instruction. We thought we knew what to expect. The evening sun was lying full in the mouth of the sulphur channel as we boarded the big sidewheeler, "Honan," and slowly worked ahead among a wilderness of junks and house-boats. The evening gun heralded the approach of less gorgeous color in the channel ahead, and lights began to nicker in the fishing-villages on either hand. We drew out our chairs to the deck and enjoyed it all,--the soft night breeze laden now and again with puffs of burning joss-sticks, the purpling twilight full of strange moving objects, the islands like huge jade-stones floating upon a faintly moonlit sea, and the sense that with each churn of the twin-wheels we were drawing nearer the heart of the least understood empire on earth. Here we were on the other side of the b...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1900 Excerpt: ... XII. CANTON, THE TYPICAL CITY. CANTON in China--the China of to-day and the China of a thousand years. The post-office address o...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217187684

ISBN - 13:9780217187688

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