China (1894)
by James Harrison Wilson (9780217695176)

China (1894)
James Harrison Wilson
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9780217695176
ISBN-10: 0217695175

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. Voyage through the Inland Sea?Mouth of the Tang-tse-kiang?The Wusung River?Shanghai?Foreign and Chinese city contrasted? Chinese civilization?Ward and the Taiping rebellion?Li Hung- Chang and Tseng Quo-Fan?Future importance of Shanghai. The voyage from Yokohama through the Inland Sea, and across the Yellow Sea to Shanghai, including the stops at Kobe, Simonoseki, and Nagasaki, requires about a week; but, as the steamers belonging to the Nippon Yusen Kaisha (Japanese Mail Steamship Company) are new and exceedingly well-officered and found, and as the scenery fills one with an ever-varying sense of delight, the time passes only too rapidly, especially if the weather is fine, as is frequently the case. The approach to the mouth of the stately Yang-tse- kiang is indicated many miles at sea by the yellow, muddy water which is poured out in such ceaseless abundance by that magnificent river. The first land which the expectant traveler catches sight of is Gutz- lafl, a rocky island rising sheer and bare from the water, and surmounted by a lighthouse, erected and maintained by the Imperial Chinese Maritime Customs. This light is about forty miles from the mainland, which looms upon the sight in a low, flat, unbroken outline, in two or three hours after the light is left behind. As the ship enters the broad and muddy estuary, the shore grows more distinct, but as it rises only a few feet above the water, and is fringed by reeds and low straggling willows alongthe margin, a feeling of disappointment overcomes the voyager, and this remains with him during all his jour- neyings throughout the delta plains, however extensive they may be. The first signs of settlement and occupation are met with at the entrance to the Wusung River, where there is a large village and str...

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