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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1855. Not illustrated. Excerpt:... CHAPTER XI. Departure from Nan-tchang-fou--A Mandarin Junk--Comfort and Luxury of Water-carriage--Vehicles and Hotels--Fiacre and Cabriolet stands at Pekin--Chinese Light Literature--Collections of Maxims and Proverbs--Passage of the Mountain Mei-ling--Nan-hioung, the Frontier Town--Chinese Rope-dancers--Little Feet of the Women--Origin of this Custom--Navigation of the Tigris--Recollections of our Entry into China in 1840--View of the Port of Canton--European Vessels--First Night in Canton--Our Martyrdom in Tartary--Savings on the Road bestowed upon our Servant Wei-chan--Stay at Macao--Death of M. Gabet--Departure for Pekin--Arrival at Marseilles in 1852. The Junk on board which we embarked to ascend the river Tchang was a little floating palace. We had a drawing-room, dining-room, and bed-chamber of exquisite cleanliness and luxuriously furnished, and the paintings and gildings lavishly distributed around were heightened in effect by that beautiful Chinese polish which has not its equal in the world. In the forepart of the vessel were the sailors' quarters and the kitchen, and the men worked the junk and carried on their various occupations without ever coming to our end of the boat. On each side were large windows, curiously cut, and filled in with glass instead of paper a piece of extraordinary magnificence in China. It would be impossible to enjoy a more convenient and elegant mode of river navigation than that with which the prefect of Nan-tchang-fou had provided us. Accustomed, during our residence in China, to travel in merchant vessels and transports, we had not supposed the Chinese capable of fitting up a junk with so much comfort. The river we were ascending was not very rapid, but when the wind was insufficient or unfavorable, recourse was had to th...

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