- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Nabu Press (10 Feb. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 114416298X
- ISBN-13: 978-1144162984
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.5 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,650,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Across Chrysê: Being the Narrative of a Journey of Exploration Through the South China Border Lands from Canton to Mandalay Paperback – 10 Feb 2010
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The writer tells his story in considerable detail, describing seemingly every small town that they pass through, initially by boat, then on foot. Quite early in the journey Colquhoun and his European companion don Chinese dress, to minimise local interest in their progress – indeed, they detect some rumours of agitators stirring up the people to do them harm. However, apart from a few minor incidents and general puzzlement amongst the locals about “our restless habits of inquiry and wandering ways”, they pass safely through the southern provinces. His accounts of Kwangsi and Yunnan are notable for descriptions of some of ethnic minorities living there, such as the Miao people, Lo-Los (now known as Yi) and others.
Many of the areas visited by Colquhoun, especially in Yunnan, had rarely been traversed by Europeans, and the book is a fascinating insight into a foreigner's first impressions of an unknown part of China, and, indeed, of the locals' first impressions of a foreigner.
Take care when buying modern reprints of this kind - make sure you get one that is a proper full facsimile, not just an OCR copy. The Bibliolife edition is fine.