Across Chryse; Being the Narrative of a Journey of Explorationthrough the South China Border Lands from Canton to Mandalay

Across Chryse; Being the Narrative of a Journey of Explorationthrough the South China Border Lands from Canton to Mandalay

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...this "visionary," as he has not unseldom been termed, with having been the first to bring before the public such a project. The persistency with which he afterwards pressed VOL. II. o upon the Government and the public this question, when he was not in possession of sufficient facts, was unhappily the cause of rendering the subject distasteful to many. In order to arrive at any reasonable conclusion as to the present and prospective trade, it is necessary to pass concisely under review all the information at our disposal regarding South-west China and the Shan country. For fuller particulars about the Shan people and their country I would refer the reader to my book ' Amongst the Shans, ' which is now in the course of publication. The province of Yunnan, the most south-western of the eighteen provinces of China, is the one that concerns us at present. Yunnan forms an extensive uneven highland plateau, in which the main ranges have a trend north and south. Between these ranges, which vary in height from twelve to seventeen thousand feet in the north to seven or eight in the south, are numerous deep defiles, through which run some of the largest rivers of Indo-China. Amongst these the most notable are the Mekong or Cambodia, the Salween, and the Shweli. There are-lakes of considerable extent. Fertile plains and valleys are numerous. An important discovery made during my late journey was the much greater fertility of the soil and the more affluent circumstances of the population in the south than in the north of Yunnan. The only accounts that we have had of the province, with the exception of that of the French Expedition, Chap. XVII. SOUTH & NORTH YUNNAN COMPARED. 195 have been from journeys through the northern region, which...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236868722
  • 9781236868725