A Wandering Student in the Far East

A Wandering Student in the Far East

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...red soil covered with pine and scrub brought me to the village of Ta-pan Chiao, whence an easy march of twelve miles brought me to the capital on the 20th. I was at last at the end of my wearisome journey over the main road from Ssi'1ch'uan and the Upper Yang-tsze to the capital of Yiin-nan--a journey which had occupied a period of twenty-six days, out of which I had actually been marching twenty-five, and which had taken me over a route which may undoubtedly claim the distinction of being the most diflicult and the most inhospitable of all the routes which serve as the main lines of communication in this part of China. Until the mineral wealth which it possesses is properly and systematically developed, this portion of Yiin-nan can be of no commercial value, nor can I imagine any line of country less likely to excite the enthusiasm of the railway engineer. Indeed, such lines as have been suggested avoid altogether that part of the route over which I travelled which lies between Chao-t'ung Fu and Yiin-nan Fu, a more feasible though still very diflicult alignment between the two places lying east by Chu-tsing, Siian Wei, and Wei-ning Chou. The most buoyant report of which I have knowledge is that of an Italian engineer, Who talks of a line of 650 kilometres, with a gradient, except RAILWAY SCHEMES. 1 8 5 in the case of two colls, of only 15 in 1000, and at the two mentioned colls of 25 in 1000, to be constructed at an estimated cost of 10,000 a kilometre. M. Doumer, late Governor-General of Indo-China, the vastness of whose ambitions was only equalled by the magnificent flights of his imagination, declared, as the result of a hurried survey by the oflicers of his Public Works Department in 1899, that "there...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236741439
  • 9781236741431