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By Edwin John Dingle;Ding Le Mei

Within the early 1900s a guy named Edwin John Dingle launched into a striking mapping day trip of China. Overcoming superb odds and plenty of risky occasions that threatened his lifestyles, he succeeded in his venture, crossing components of China the place no Westerner had ever been earlier than, and finally reached Tibet. There, he turned 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 discovered in China and Tibet with others and got here to be recognized to hundreds of thousands as Ding Le Mei. the following, in his personal phrases, is Edwin Dingle's account of that incredible trip.

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As we hear of the New China, so is there a "new people," a people emboldened by the examples of officials in certain areas to show a friendliness towards progress and innovation. They were not friendly a decade ago. It may, perhaps, be said that this "new people" were born after the Boxer troubles, and in Szech'wan they have a large influence. Cotton mills, silk filatures, flour and rice mills employing western machinery, modern mining plants and other evidences of how China is coming out of her shell, cause one to rejoice in improved conditions.

The animosity occasioned by these inventions that are being so gradually and so surely introduced into every nook CHAPTER VI. 31 and cranny of East and North China is very marked; but on close inspection, and after one has made a study of the subject, one is inclined to feel that it is more or less theoretical. So it is to be hoped it will be in Szech'wan and Far Western China. Readers may wonder at the differences of opinions expressed in the course of these pages--a hundred pages on one may get a totally different impression.

But I found traveling and living with such apparently unsympathetic creatures exasperating to a degree, and I did not wonder that the European whose lot had been cast in the interior, sometimes, on emerging into Western civilization, appears eccentric to his own countrymen. But this in passing. I duly arrived at Lan-chï-hsien, and was told that Sui-fu, 120 li away, would be reached the next day, although I had my doubts. A deputation from the local "gwan" waited upon me to learn my wishes and to receive my commands.

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