By Edwin John Dingle;Ding Le Mei
Within the early 1900s a guy named Edwin John Dingle launched into a extraordinary mapping day trip of China. Overcoming great odds and plenty of harmful occasions that threatened his existence, he succeeded in his project, crossing parts 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 now not 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. the following, in his personal phrases, is Edwin Dingle's account of that incredible trip.
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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.
The real Opening of China. How the foreigner will win the confidence of the Chinese. Distances and their variability. Calculations uprooted. Author in a dilemma. The scenery. Hard going. _A wayside toilet, and some embarrassment_. Filth inseparable from Chinese humanity. About Chinese inns. Typewriter causes some fun. Soldiers guard my doorway. "_ One hundred and forty li in a day. Grandeur and solitude. Wisdom of traveling alone. Coolie nearly cuts his toe off. _Street scene at Puérh-tu_. _The "dying" CHAPTER VII.
We were to travel by the following stages:-Length of Height above stage sea 1st day--Anpien 90 li ---- 2nd day--Huan-chiang 55 li ---- 3rd day--Fan-ïh-ts'uen 70 li ---- 4th day--T'an-t'eo 70 li ---- 5th day--Lao-wa-t'an 140 li 1,140 ft. 6th day--Teo-sha-kwan 60 li 4,000 ft. 7th day--Ch'i-li-p'u 60 li 1,900 ft. 8th day--Ta-wan-tsï 70 li ---- 9th day--Ta-kwan-ting 70 li 3,700 ft. 10th day--Wuchai 60 li 7,000 ft. 11th day--Chao-t'ong-fu 100 li 6,400 ft. I knew that I was in for a very hard journey.