By Edwin John Dingle
This booklet, first released in 1911, is likely one of the most vital and top written shuttle books from previous China. Edwin Dingle recounts his adventures as he travels up the Yangtze River from Shanghai after which by means of foot southwest throughout a few of China's such a lot wild and woolly territory to Burma. alongside the best way, Dingle absorbed a tremendous quantity of approximately existence and society in southwest China, and describes what he sees in a readable and delicate manner.
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I wish to express my acknowledgments to several well-known writers on far Eastern topics, notably to Dr. E. Morrison, of Peking, the Rev. Sidney L. , and Mr. B. Morse, whose works are quoted. Much information was also gleaned from other sources. My thanks are due also to Mr. W. Brayton Slater and to my brother, Mr. R. Dingle, for their kindness in having negotiated with my publishers in my absence in Inland China; and to the latter, for unfailing courtesy and patience, I am under considerable obligation.
That a New China had come into being, and was working astounding results in the enlightened provinces above the Yangtze and those connected with the capital by railway, was common knowledge; but one found it hard to believe that the west and the south-west of the empire were moved by the same spirit of Europeanism, and it will be seen that China in the west moves, if at all, but at a snail’s pace: the second part of this volume deals with that portion of the subject. * Rivers of blood may yet have to flow as a sickening libation to the gods who have guided the nation for forty centuries before she will be able to attain her ambition of standing line to line with the other powers of the eastern and western worlds.
That is the Government viewpoint. It is important to note this. In China, however, the Government is not the people. It never has been. It is not to be expected that great political and social reforms can be introduced into such an enormous country as China, and among her four hundred and thirty millions of people, merely by the issue of a few imperial edicts. The masses have to be convinced that any given thing is for the public good before they accept, despite the proclamations, and in thus convincing her own people China has yet to go through the fire of a terrible ordeal.