Cruise of the Iolanda

Cruise of the Iolanda

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...on board, started at 8:30, took chairs carried by coolies and spent a most interesting day sight-seeing and shopping. Our dragoman, February 16th. Mr. Hurley, had engaged a Chinaman, Ah Cum John, as guide, whom we found to be most painstaking and as he spoke English remarkably well, he was of great assistance to us as well as being very entertaining. The so-called streets of Canton are from five to seven feet wide, consequently we could not make very rapid progress, as they February 16th. were crowded with people, to say nothing of the odors which impregnated the atmosphere on every hand. By the way, speaking of odors, I have never smelt anything like it. They fairly hit you in the face every time you turn, no matter which way the wind is blowing, working to windward as religiously as they do to leeward. There are a great many temples here but we visited only one, the Temple of the Five Hundred Genii. Notwithstanding the odors and filth everywhere we found it to be very interesting. The streets were brilliant with decorations for the Chinese New Year just past, and the shops were quite diverting and contained some beautiful embroideries. En route we passed the Five-Story Pagoda and from it had a splendid view of Canton. The socalled City of the Dead was very interesting; it consists of galleries partitioned off into cells each containing one or more lacquer coffins in which are the remains of the departed. These remains are kept in the cells just as long as the space is paid for; when the family of the deceased are unable to pay the rental, the remains are buried February 16th. in a general grave, others occupying their places. We returned to the steamer via the Shameen, or European quarter, which is very attractive. It is very...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236770536
  • 9781236770530