By Edwin John Dingle;Ding Le Mei
Within the early 1900s a guy named Edwin John Dingle launched into a striking mapping excursion of China. Overcoming impressive odds and plenty of harmful events that threatened his existence, he succeeded in his undertaking, crossing parts of China the place no Westerner had ever been earlier than, and finally reached Tibet. There, he turned one of many first Westerners (if now not the 1st) to check 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 recognized to millions as Ding Le Mei. right here, in his personal phrases, is Edwin Dingle's account of that unimaginable trip.
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M. the day following. My boy did not venture to sleep at all. He stayed up outside my bedroom door--I say bedroom, but actually it was an apartment which in Europe I would not put a horse into, and the door was merely a wide, worm-eaten board placed on end. In the middle of the night I heard a noise--yea, a rattle. The said board fell down, inwards, almost upon me. A light was flashed swiftly into my eyes, and desultory remarks which suddenly escaped me were rudely interrupted by shrill screams.
For one full hour they argued at a terrible speed as to the rate of exchange in the Szech'wan large and the Yün-nan small CHAPTER VIII 43 cash, and this was only interrupted when a poor man, deaf and dumb, and of hideous appearance, seeing the foreigner in his contemptible town, rushed in with a carrying pole and felled his grumbling townsman at my feet. My intervention probably averted murder--at any rate, it seemed as though murder would have taken place very soon but for my interference. The whole populace gathered, of course, and the fight waged fiercely until well on into the night.
I crossed a miserable suspension bridge of two spans. The southern span is about thirty feet, the northern span eighty feet; the center is supported by a buttress of splendid blocks of squared stone, resting on the rock in the bed of the river, one side being considerably worn away by the action of the water. The longer span was hung very slack, the woodwork forming the pathway was not too safe, and the general shaky appearance was particularly uninviting. From Ta-kwan-hsien to Wuchai is steady pulling.
Across China on Foot - One Man's Incredible Quest by Edwin John Dingle;Ding Le Mei