Hawaiian Islands. Edge of China. Manila

Hawaiian Islands. Edge of China. Manila

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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. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ... the several mountain-tops and down the farther side to native hamlets on southern shore. The chairs are comfortable, the springy movement imparted by the bamboo poles, so long and flexible, is delightful, and the steady, almost automatic stride of the men inspires confidence in their ability to bear us safely to the topmost points and down the steepest slopes. Thus, charmed by the novelty of our conveyance and by the sunny splendor of our surroundings, we explore the residential suburbs on the Peak. Up " top-side, " as has been said the temperature is lower than in that part of town called "down-side, " but the humidity is greater. Sometimes for weeks the Peak is wrapped in damp cloud masses, and everything inside the houses is wringing wet. The first day of sunshine following a foggy period sees these same homes literally turned wrong-side out. Bedding, mattresses, and curtains hang limp from every window, soggy upholstered furniture is ranged out on the lawn as if for a grand auction-sale, --even the shadows try to creep around into the sun to dry themselves. Above the Peak Hotel looms a larger structure, originally intended for a hotel, but now used as an army sanatorium and barracks. How marvelously well has England done her work here on this rugged island, (lhere in 1841 there was not a A PEAK P.THVAY sign of civilization, and where to-day we find a splendid city of a quarter of a million people! The story of Hongkong is worth the telling. The island came into British hands in 1841 as a Voluntary Cession on the part of the Chinese government. China in our day has made voluntary. cessions and friendly leases to other powers, but by a strange coincidence the giving of these valuable gifts is always preceded by the...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236749073
  • 9781236749079