The Fan-qui In China, In 1836-7 Volume 1

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byCharles Toogood Downing

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...The mentioning of this one, leads me to continue in the next chapter an account of the boats usually seen at Whampoa, with the manner of living of the occupants. CHAPTER VII. Chinese boats--Clerks-boats--External ornament--Internal arrangement--Mosquitoes and flies--Musical instruments--Tea-drinking--Smoking-pipes'--Opiumsmoking--Lanterns--The swan-pan--Way of writing--Sealing the chop--The written language--Original formation of the characters--Their combination--Number of words--The keys--Difficulty of the language--Oral tongue--Accents--Writing-paper--India-paper Cargo-boats--The barber's san-pan, razor, &c.--Deafness of many Chinese--Sam-shu smuggling--Eelboats--Management of small boats--The paddle--Oars and sculls--Mat-sails--Hoppo-boat. Boats on the Chinese rivers are in the most essential respect the same as the houses of other nations on the land. They may be compared to the habitations of people living in a great city, and you soon become accustomed to look upon them in the same light. The clerks-boats are average specimens of the floating houses of the Chinese gentry. They may be said to be genteel residences, the counteqjart of which you would expect to find in a small retired street of London. They have not the splendour or excessive decoration of the houses in the squares at the West-end or the Regent's park, which would be better represented by the gorgeous water-palaces of the mandarins and grand Hoppos; neither have they the appearance of shops, or any thing which can indicate a mechanical occupation in the inhabitants; but are quiet, unpresuming edifices, fit for small families with a slight independence. The hull is large and broad, with the whole inside decked over, and extending some little distance beyond it over...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...The mentioning of this one, leads me to continue in the next chapter an account of the boats usually seen at Wh...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:62 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217583997

ISBN - 13:9780217583992

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