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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Qontro Classic Books (July 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XYE4Z2
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,616,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Dingle stands in the great tradition of the gentleman explorers of China for whom the experience was everything, preparation was minimal and caution invariably thrown to the wind. Thankfully he recorded his exploits for us to share.”  —Paul French, author of Carl Crow, a Tough Old China Hand
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Edwin Dingle was an English journalist born in 1881. In the early 1900s, he was working in Singapore. He made his famous trip across China in 1909 and 1910, and then settled in Shanghai, where he lived until 1927 as the proprietor of the newspaper China and Far East Finance and Commerce. He then went to the United States, where he founded a health and sex cult, which kept him occupied in a world far away from the one found in this book until the ripe old age of 91.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Interesting book but I haven't finished it yet.
Barbara A. Merrill
This book is an incredible chronicle of a time past, when much of China was populated by primitive peoples on the edge of survival.
Men's Development Club
I truely enjoy reading it and can recommend it to everyone.
Susanne Hayase

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on March 21, 2010
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The book was free. So I can't complain too much I guess.

I read the first 30-40% of the book and put it down after that. There was no story line and not a lot of information. The initial idea of a journalist travelling accross China some 100+ year ago sounded super intriguing. I read a lot of China related books and am very interested in history and culture. This book never managed to rope me in.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phil on July 2, 2009
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This is an excellent travelogue of a journey taken in 1909-10. It's well written, entertaining, and has lots of info on cities, towns, geography, politics, religion, native peoples, animals, and the difficulty of traveling through such unforgiving territory.
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Absolutely fantastic account of travel by foot across China in the early 20th century. The details that he shares of his experiences and those of the daily lives of the Chinese people that he encounters during his year long trek are vivid and the historical accuracy is amazing. This book gives us a rare insight into the primitive living conditions endured by millions just over 100 years ago in this, now, rapidly advancing nation. Truly a must read for anyone travelling to southwest China and Yunnan, and any China historian.
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A man walks across china and describes each village and the people. I enjoyed the book but would have loved to be able to see the pictures that we're not included.
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I purchased this as a research vehicle for life in China in the early 1900's. I found it interesting as I look at this period of China's history, not for any other reason. Language reflects the time period and some of the author's preconceived notions. Quirky - I'm still asking myself why he did the walk when he had such a seemingly "miserable" time.
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By David Y. Henna on January 15, 2014
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Unique book on foot travel in China in those days when it was really uncivilized. Mr. Dingle has also done research
on the places where he is traveling and shares it with us, but the best part is when he simply describes both the
treacherous terrain as well as the treacherous people. He doesn't try to come across as a saint but describes his
own anger at certain people who look down at him for being an obviously poor foreigner. The terrain gets tedious
after a while, but this book gives a pretty good picture of China before they built highways.
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