My Chinese Notebook

My Chinese Notebook

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...and consequently about 40 feet higher, the flow of water is so rapid and formidable that no boat could live in it, and the government detains junks by placing a chain from bank to bank across the entrance of the gorge, until the fall occurs which again converts the "race" into a navigable river. This fall is indicated by the appearance of a high rock in midstream called the " goose-tail rock," which at low water projects 40 feet from the water, but at high water is absolutely submerged. Up this beautiful gorge we sailed, a favouring wind behind us most of the time. When it failed as it occasionally did for a moment the crew of four lazily plied their oars, whistling and calling the while for the vanished breeze. Except for the plash of their oars and these wind calls no sound broke the stillness. On either hand rose sheer from the water magnificent vertical cliffs of white limestone scored with a thousand miniature caves and fissures by the unceasing action of the waters. It took us two hours to sail through the gorge, and when we finally emerged from it, it was to find ourselves in totally different surroundings. The country was now open and more friendly; little farmsteads were dotted about, and every square inch of available land seemed o turned to account for the cultivation of a crop. Another couple of hours passed, and then to our great joy we spied the yellow funnels of H.M.S. Kinsha, the end of our journey, the goal we had set ourselves to reach. It was nearly six P.m. when we stepped on board, and were made heartily welcome by her captain, Commander Powell, and his officers, and it was with the greatest pleasure that we soon after sat down to dinner with them and heard "King's English" talked after so many days spent in purely Chinese...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236665775
  • 9781236665775