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By Archibald John Little, Alicia Little (editor)

Released posthumously in 1910, Archibald Little's memoir of his trip around the Yunnan Province in Southwest China used to be one of many first finished money owed of the sector to be released in English. Little, a talented linguist, labored as a service provider in China for over fifty years and unfolded the higher Yangtze quarter to steam-powered trade. He was once renowned for his intrepid travels into territories now not but explored through Westerners, and his checklist of this trip used to be initially released as a chain of letters to the North China usher in. This ebook additionally includes Little's account of the development of the French Railway Line to Yunnan-Fu, which supplied a alternate course from India to the higher Yangtze quarter. throughout Yunnan was once accomplished and edited by means of Little's spouse after his loss of life in 1908. The ebook contains a distinctive map of the realm and several other photos.

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Across Yunnan: A Journey of Surprises

Released posthumously in 1910, Archibald Little's memoir of his trip around the Yunnan Province in Southwest China used to be one of many first finished bills of the quarter to be released in English. Little, a talented linguist, labored as a service provider in China for over fifty years and spread out the higher Yangtze sector to steam-powered trade.

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The villagers also pointed out a dyke which runs through the plain and which they stated was the remains of an attempted canal to drain the marsh, begun by a late Fu-tai of the province, with intent to carry the water over and down the pass, but after spending some myriads of taels the work had been stopped for want of funds and so the plain remained the wild marsh we have described. We continued our journey up the valley by a level earth road, where we were at last able to have enjoyment in riding our ponies, the road passing between hedges white with May blossom and the hillsides covered with rhododendron and azalea bushes, now in full flower, the blossoms of the former being especially fine specimens.

Since we had left Tung-chuan the songs of the birds had been our great refreshment. Birds are very numerous in Yunnan, and as there seem to be no sportsmen there they are quite fearless. We crossed ridge after ridge of low hills, the vivid green of the fresh grass making a fine setting for the dark pine forests; altogether we saw more timber in this region than in any part of China hitherto visited. Constant streams from the neighbouring heights provided irrigation for extensive paddy cultivation in the little dells and flat valley bottoms, the slopes of such basins being covered with young crops of buckwheat, red pepper, the oil-seed plant, potatoes, and maize.

The fertility of the soil was shown in the well-built, tiled farm-houses, 40 ACROSS YUNNAN surrounded by extensive fields of paddy, then just ready for planting out, and the groves of fruit trees with which the " Pa-tse " was studded. Blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries all but ripe, an extraordinary provision of berries of all kinds, now gladdened the road, together with huge forget-me-nots, and very velvety flowers of the different brilliant hues of the Zinnia ; but the previous descent from the Summit Notch had been like a garden laid out in coloured sands and not yet planted, the mountain sides, red, yellow, and slate-coloured, bare of trees, shrubs, and even grass in long stretches, and worked by water into what looked like crowds of men massed together.

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