By Edwin John Dingle;Ding Le Mei
Within the early 1900s a guy named Edwin John Dingle launched into a extraordinary mapping excursion of China. Overcoming wonderful odds and lots of harmful events that threatened his existence, he succeeded in his project, crossing components of China the place no Westerner had ever been sooner than, and at last reached Tibet. There, he grew to become one of many first Westerners (if now not the 1st) to review in a Tibetan monastery. Upon his eventual go back to the West, he shared what he had realized in China and Tibet with others and got here to be identified to hundreds of thousands as Ding Le Mei. right here, in his personal phrases, is Edwin Dingle's account of that incredible trip.
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The faces of the people were pinched and wan, unpleasant to look upon, bearing unmistakable signs of poverty and misery, and they seemed too concerned in keeping the wolf from the door to attend to me. 8 catties, as against 11 catties in the capital of the province. At Wuchai, the last stage before reaching Chao-t'ong-fu, the room of the inn had three walls only, and two of these were composed of kerosene tins, laced together with bamboo stripping. ) Through the whole night it rained as it had never rained before, but, instead of feeling miserable, I tried to see the humor of the situation.
During my stay in this city, I heard on all hands some of the most blood-curdling stories of the dire distress which, like a dark cloud, still menaces the people, some of which are too dreadful for public print. But I suppose these poor people are content. If they are, they possess a virtue which produces, in some measure at all events, all those effects which the alchemist usually ascribes to what he calls the philosopher's stone; and if their content does not bring riches, it banishes the desire for them.
The reader should not mentally reduce this to English miles, for the march was more like fifty miles than thirty, if we consider the physical exertion required to scale the treacherous roads. Over a broad, zigzagging, roughly-paved road, said to have no less than ninety-eight curves from bottom to top, we ascend for thirty li, and then descend for the remainder of the journey through a narrow defile along the northern bank of the river, the opposite side being a vertical sheet of rock rising to at least a thousand feet sheer up, very similar to the gorges of the Mekong at the western end of the province, which I crossed in due course.