Across China on Foot eBook

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[Illustration:  THE AUTHOR IN YUeN-NAN

This picture was taken after convalescence in Tong-chu’aniu, just before the journey commenced from that city to British Burma, as seen in the second part of “Across China On Foot.”

[Illustration:  THE UBIQUITOUS WATER CARRIER

Drawing the water and hewing the wood are daily chores in China, mostly carried out by women—­though this is a picture of a man, a half-wit.]

[Illustration:  THE WELCOME FAMILIAR TEA-HOUSE

In many provinces of China, tea-houses, of which this one in Eastern Szech’uan is typical, are to be found about every ten li (3 miles) on the main road.]

[Illustration:  SPECIMEN OF “MAIN ROAD” IN N.E.  YUeN-NAN

Taken in the little-known part of Western China, far from any of China’s “great paved highways”; author is in saddle.]

[Illustration:  THE OLD-FASHIONED SOLDIER

All foreign travelers are given an official escort in the interior.  This fu-song was a noble warrior!  But not a bewilderingly efficient protector!  He was a very lazy rascal!]

[Illustration:  FAREWELL TO THE TRAVELER

These people had never seen a white man, their faces show that, at farewell after a very pleasant stay among them, they were not altogether broken-hearted to see the author go!]

[Illustration:  CONFUCIAN TEMPLE AT TONG-CH’UANFU

Where the Author’s life was miraculously saved; first temple in which the Author lived.  Later, in Tibet, his life was again saved.]

[Illustration:  ANCIENT TIBETAN PRAYER WHEELS

The prayer wheel plays an important part in religious observances in
Tibet, the ritual often resembling that of the ancient Christian church.]

[Illustration:  WATCH YOUR STEP

Picture shows nature of main roads in certain sections of western China; when the rains come, traveling is quite dangerous.  Author seen on boulder at right.]

[Illustration:  FAR FROM THE MADDENING THRONG

Regimenting the whole village to bid a sad farewell; Samuel Pollard, author’s traveling companion on this trip in the wilds, stands under the hat on the right.]

[Illustration:  HAPPY FAMILY IN BACKWOODS

The Author spent two nights in this crudely-thatched home in the hills.]
Though poor, the people were extremely hospitable—­and invariably happy.]

[Illustration:  PRIMITIVE COAL-MINING IN YUeN-NAN

Coal is abundant in many parts of Yuen-nan, though production is small and methods of mining very crude.  Picture shows tunnel leading underground.]

[Illustration:  WOMEN WEAVING HEMP GARMENTS

These two pictures show (below) the women stripping hemp and (above) weaving it into the picturesque garments they are wearing.  They were all dressed up for the occasion.  It is surprising what they can do with such primitive appliances.  Picture was taken in the hill country beyond Chaotungfu.  They are all Hua Miao.]

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