By Edwin John Dingle;Ding Le Mei
Within the early 1900s a guy named Edwin John Dingle launched into a amazing mapping excursion of China. Overcoming marvelous odds and plenty of harmful occasions that threatened his existence, he succeeded in his undertaking, crossing components of China the place no Westerner had ever been earlier than, and finally reached Tibet. There, he grew to become one of many first Westerners (if now not the 1st) to review 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 identified to millions as Ding Le Mei. the following, in his personal phrases, is Edwin Dingle's account of that unimaginable trip.
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Such roads would not be tolerated in any country but China--I doubt if any but the ancient Chinese could have had the patience to build them. One could not walk with comfort; it was an impossible task. Far away over the earth, winding into all the natural trends of the mountain base, ran the highway, merrily tripping over huge boulders, into hollows and out of them, almost underground, but always, with its long white extended finger, beckoning me on by the narrow ribbon in the distance. True, although I was absolutely destitute of company, I had always the road with me, yet ever far from me.
This era has now passed away. At the present moment there are upwards of twenty thousand Chinese students in Tokyo[H]--whither they went because Japan is the most convenient country wherein to acquire Western knowledge. The new learning, the new learning--they must have the new learning! No high office is ever again likely to be given but to him who has more of Western knowledge than Chinese knowledge. And mere striplings, nursed in the lap of the mission schools, and there given a good grounding in Western education, these are the men far more likely to pass the new examinations.
An invitation, however, was given me by the Rev. R. McIntyre, who with his charming wife conducts the China Inland Mission in this city, to come and stay with them. The next morning, after a sleepless night of twisting and turning on a bug-infested bed, I was glad to take advantage of the missionary's kindness. I could not have been given a kindlier welcome. Sui-fu has a population of roughly 150,000, and the overcrowding question is not the least important. It is situated to advantage on the right bank of the Yangtze, and does an immense trade in medicines, opium, silk, furs, silverwork, and white wax, which are the chief exports.