Across China on Foot eBook

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Mi Tsang (or Rice 2 miles Finest view is obtained
Granary Gorge) from western extremity;

Niu Kou (or Buffalo —–­ Very quiet in low-water
Mouth Reach) season; wild stretch
during high river. 
At the head of this
reach H.M.S.
Woodlark came to
grief on her maiden

Urishan Hsia (or —–­ Over thirty miles in
Gloomy Mountain length.  Grandest
Gorge) and highest gorge
en route to Chung-king. 
through is the
boundary between
Hu-peh and Szech’wan.

Fang Hsian Hsia —–­ Last of the gorges;
(or Windbox Gorge) just beyond is the
city of Kweifu.


[Footnote C:  A wu-pan (literally wu of five and pan of boards) is a small boat, the smallest used by travelers on the Upper Yangtze.  They are of various shapes, made according to the nature of the part of the river on which they ply.—­E.J.D.]



The following is a rough list of the principal rapids to be negotiated on the river upward from Ichang.  One of the chief discomforts the traveler first experiences is due to a total ignorance of the vicinity of the main rapids, and often, therefore, when he is least expecting it perhaps, he is called upon by the laoban to go ashore.  He has then to pack up the things he values, is dragged ashore himself, his gear follows, and one who has no knowledge of the language and does not know the ropes is, therefore, never quite happy for fear of some rapid turning up.  By comparing the rapids with the Gorges the traveler would, however, from the lists given, be able easily to trace the whereabouts of the more dangerous rushes; which are distributed with alarming frequency on the river between Ichang and Kweifu.


Low water rapid.  Swirling volume of coffee and milk color; round about a maze of rapids and races, in the Yao-cha Ho reach.


At the foot of the Ox Liver Gorge.  An enormous black rock lies amid stream some forty feet below, or perhaps as much above the surface, but unless experienced at low water will not appeal to the traveler as a rapid; passage dangerous, dreaded during low-water season.  On Dec. 28th, 1900, the German steamer, Sui-Hsiang was lost here.  She foundered in twenty-five fathoms of water, with an immense hole ripped in her bottom by the black rock; all on board saved by the red boats, with the exception of the captain.

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