One of the most important and best written travel books from old China.
"No one can fail to find this book entertaining. It says the first word about some things and the last word about none, it leaves one's interest, as the author evidently intends shall be the case, not satisfied but aroused." -The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
"The record of a journey on foot across China undertaken by a newspaper man out for holiday recreation. His desire was to see China from the inside which satisfaction cost him tremendous physical strain and a long siege of sickness. Yet he accomplished his purpose, traveling from Shanghai 1500 miles by river and 1600 miles walking overland, to the frontier of British Burma. As he trudges along he stops to set down impressions of scenery, of people, of their ways and their habitations, and of the European forces at work in inland China which are bringing about a transformation by artificial means in bitter conflict with China's inherent instincts, inherited traditions, innate tendencies, characteristics, and genius, racial and individual. Eleven appendices throw light upon topics of vital interest to China's progress, among them military progress in China. Buddhism and Roman Catholicism. Goitre in western China. Copper coinage and Anti-foot binding campaign in western China." -Book Review Digest
"His style is fresh and frank, and his observation keen." - Booklist
"The book is admirably written." -Saturday Review
"An intimate, personal account of a journey of unusual interest and variety. More than that, the book is a valuable source of the information so eagerly sought just now about that enigmatic country. The opinions of Mr. E. T. Dingle, the author, are those of an experienced British traveler and journalist, and he has put them in extremely readable form. He went into parts of China never visited before by any white men except the missionaries, and for that reason, too, his estimates of many questions are most illuminating. He does not dogmatize, just gives his judgments in a strait forward, simple way. Several tribes entirely unknown to the general reader, he describes with great discernment. The appendix will by most people be found of greatest interest, for there he gives, in a more detailed form than in the body of the work, accounts of the Hankow riots of last February, of the building of one of the great railways of China, an estimate of the rebel cause and of missionary endeavor, and discussions of other vital questions." -The Living Age
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Edwin Dingle was an English journalist born in 1881. In the early 1900s, he was working in Singapore. He made his famous trip across China in 1909 and 1910, and then settled in Shanghai, where he lived until 1927 as the proprietor of the newspaper China and Far East Finance and Commerce. He then went to the United States, where he founded a health and sex cult, which kept him occupied in a world far away from the one found in this book until the ripe old age of 91.
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