By Edwin John Dingle;Ding Le Mei

ISBN-10: 0979415454

ISBN-13: 9780979415456

Within the early 1900s a guy named Edwin John Dingle launched into a outstanding mapping excursion of China. Overcoming fantastic odds and lots of risky events that threatened his existence, he succeeded in his challenge, crossing parts of China the place no Westerner had ever been sooner than, and finally reached Tibet. There, he turned one of many first Westerners (if no longer the 1st) to check in a Tibetan monastery. Upon his eventual go back to the West, he shared what he had discovered in China and Tibet with others and got here to be recognized to millions as Ding Le Mei. the following, in his personal phrases, is Edwin Dingle's account of that incredible trip.

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I remonstrated, but my boy was firm. He took me to him and fathered me. He almost cried over me, to think that I, that I, his master, of all people in the world, should doubt his allegiance to me. "I no 'fraid," he declared. "P'laps master no savee. Sui-fu b'long velly big place, have got plenty European. ' I think you catchee one piecee boat, makee go up the river. P'laps I think you have got velly tired--no wantchee makee more walkee--that no b'long ploper. " And at last I melted. There was nothing else to do.

8th day--Ta-wan-tsï 70 li ---- 9th day--Ta-kwan-ting 70 li 3,700 ft. 10th day--Wuchai 60 li 7,000 ft. 11th day--Chao-t'ong-fu 100 li 6,400 ft. I knew that I was in for a very hard journey. The nature of the country as far as T'an-t'eo, ten li this side of which the Szech'wan border is reached, is not exhausting, although the traveler is offered some rough and wild climbing. The next day's stage, to Lao-wa-t'an, is miserably bad. At certain places it is cut out of the rock, at others it runs in the bed of the river, which is dotted everywhere with roaring rapids (as we are ascending very quickly), and when the water is high these roads are submerged and often impassable.

Talk waxed furious, the birds were placed by the side of the road, and T'ong, now white with seeming rage, threatened to hit the man. It turned out that the plaintiff was the seller of the birds, and that T'ong had got them too cheap. "That man no savee. He thinkee you, master, have got plenty money. He b'long all same rogue. I no b'long fool. " As the cover of the food-basket was closed down I noticed a cooked fowl, two live pheasants with their legs tied together, a pair of my own muddy boots, a pair of dancing pumps, and a dirty collar, all in addition to my little luxuries and the two pigeons aforesaid.

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