The Far East Vol I No 11

The Far East Vol I No 11

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...Hie next morning we sailed for Hong Kong. Here we found a British city of Chinese inhabitants splendidly administered, its architecture English with a touch of the Orient, its harbor the imost beautiful in the world, (the Bay of Naples and Nagasaki ranking next, ) as a port of entry the greatest in the Orient. Owing to the insufferable heat we left in twenty-four hours by the steamer Doric for Shanghai, which we discovered to be a wonderfully picturesque Chinese city, governed by a board of European commissioners. The streets of Shanghai are full of color: Great gilded signs covered with Chinese hieroglyphics, bizarre yet artistic, flaunt themselves everywhere, domi-nating the landscape. Flowers bloom in die greatest profusion in the parks and along the bund, which is the street lining the water front. After a brief stay in Shanghai, we crossed the Yellow Sea to Nagasaki in Japan. The voyage was rendered exciting by our encountering a typhoon sea. It seems that the typhoon originates in the waters to the west of the Philippine Islands, moving slowly northward at the rate of about ten miles an hour with a whirling movement. The center of the whirl is calm, and the velocity of the wind increases toward tJie periphery. At the circumference the speed of the wind is frightful. Woe be to the sailing vessel that encounters one of these storms, and lucky they are to escape, even with the loss of spars and masts. We saw a number of them, and very much battered they appeared. While the typhoon moves at the rate of ten miles an hour, the sea is kicked up by it with the rapidity of thirty miles an hour. I never saw such waves, and have no immediate desire to see their like again. Our course led us near the Shushima straights, where a few months ago occurred..show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236659902
  • 9781236659903