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A Residence among the Chinese: Inland, on the Coast, and at Sea
Being a Narrative of Scenes and Adventures during a Third Visit to China, from 1853 to 1856


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration in Asia

  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108045544

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  • China was still largely alien territory for westerners in the mid-nineteenth century. In this book, first published in 1857, Robert Fortune (1813–80) describes his third visit there, but despite his relative familiarity with the country, his account is full of strange and bizarre sights and happenings. Beginning in Shanghai, where he was sent to collect tea samples for the East India Company, he describes an earthquake and the myths of its aftermath, along with his fears of becoming embroiled in the Taiping Rebellion. A keen botanist and entomologist in his own right, he also collected insects (a pastime that led him to become a figure of great hilarity among the locals) and explored the flora of the north. His account of his three-year expedition offers a glimpse of the Chinese language and culture through the lens of Victorian expectations, and is a fascinating resource for students and the general reader.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108045544
    • length: 470 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Arrival at Shanghae
    2. Objects in visiting China
    3. Tea-gatherers and their wages
    4. Entomology
    5. Visit a collector of ancient works of art
    6. Boat-travelling
    7. Difficulty in procuring black-tea manufacturers
    8. Return to the tea-districts of Chekiang
    9. Journey to the Snowy Valley and waterfalls
    10. Collections shipped for India
    11. Visit the port of Foo-chow-foo
    12. Return to Chekiang
    13. A dinner audience
    14. Season's collections shipped for India
    15. The Tsien-Tang river
    16. Leave Shanghae for the silk country
    17. Enter the city of Hoo-chow-foo
    18. Ascend the Lun-ke river
    19. Leave the silk country
    20. Tea-makers from Fokien and Kiangse engaged for India
    21. Return to the interior
    22. On the present war.

  • Author

    Robert Fortune

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