A Residence among the Chinese: Inland, on the Coast, and at Sea

A Residence among the Chinese: Inland, on the Coast, and at Sea : Being a Narrative of Scenes and Adventures during a Third Visit to China, from 1853 to 1856

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China was still largely alien territory for westerners in the mid-nineteenth century. In this book, first published in 1857, Robert Fortune (1813-80) describes his third visit there, but despite his relative familiarity with the country, his account is full of strange and bizarre sights and happenings. Beginning in Shanghai, where he was sent to collect tea samples for the East India Company, he describes an earthquake and the myths of its aftermath, along with his fears of becoming embroiled in the Taiping Rebellion. A keen botanist and entomologist in his own right, he also collected insects (a pastime that led him to become a figure of great hilarity among the locals) and explored the flora of the north. His account of his three-year expedition offers a glimpse of the Chinese language and culture through the lens of Victorian expectations, and is a fascinating resource for students and the general reader.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 22 b/w illus.
  • 1139178555
  • 9781139178556

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Preface; 1. Arrival at Shanghae; 2. Objects in visiting China; 3. Tea-gatherers and their wages; 4. Entomology; 5. Visit a collector of ancient works of art; 6. Boat-travelling; 7. Difficulty in procuring black-tea manufacturers; 8. Return to the tea-districts of Chekiang; 9. Journey to the Snowy Valley and waterfalls; 10. Collections shipped for India; 11. Visit the port of Foo-chow-foo; 12. Return to Chekiang; 13. A dinner audience; 14. Season's collections shipped for India; 15. The Tsien-Tang river; 16. Leave Shanghae for the silk country; 17. Enter the city of Hoo-chow-foo; 18. Ascend the Lun-ke river; 19. Leave the silk country; 20. Tea-makers from Fokien and Kiangse engaged for India; 21. Return to the interior; 22. On the present war.show more

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