The Chinese; A General Description of China and Its Inhabitants Volume 1

The Chinese; A General Description of China and Its Inhabitants Volume 1

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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. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...lake of China; thence, in its course towards the sea, it serves as a discharger to another large lake, the Poyang Hoo, in Keang-sy rovince; after which it runs nearly north-east, and ows past Nauking into the ocean, which it reaches exactly under the thirty-second arallel of latitude. This great stream runs with sue a strong and prevailing ebb, that Lord Amherst's embassy found great dithculty in sailing up its course towards the Poyang lake, being unable to make any way at all, except with strong north-easterly breeze. The flood tide was'feIt no higher than Kuachow, below Nankingfl'-'-1' The Yellow River rises also in the country of Kokonor, but soon turning as abruptl north as the Keang does south, it passes across the reat Wall and malres an elbow round the territory of the Ortous; passing back again across the wall, it flows due south, and forms the boundary of Shim-sy and Shen-sy; whence it turns shar ly eastward and reaches the sea in latitude 34. rom the excessive rapidity of its stream, this river is nearly unnavigable through its greater length. In the old maps of China the Yellow River has been represented as flowing into the gulf of Pechele, north of the Shan-tung promontory. If, then, in the construction of the canal under Koblai Khan, its ancient course was turned, it is possible that this violence to nature has occasioned the constant recurrence of the dreadful accidents which attend the bursting of its artificial, but ill-constructed banks and dikes. It is a source of perpetual anxiety and heavy expense to the government; and there is a tax on the Hong merchants at Canton expressl on this account. The enormous quantity of mud he d in. suspension by the waters of the Yellow River (whence its name) causes...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236843169
  • 9781236843166