- Paperback: 552 pages
- Publisher: Nabu Press (11 Jan. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1142246566
- ISBN-13: 978-1142246563
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.8 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
From Peking to Mandalay: A Journey from North China to Burma Through Tibetan Ssuch?uan and Yunnan Paperback – 11 Jan 2010
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Having reached Ichang on the Yangtze by steamer, he hired a native boat to continue his river journey as far as Chengdu, before travelling through the Tibetan areas in the west of Sichuan. He travelled vast distances, as well as using a dug-out canoe, rafts and railways, where available. Travelling mostly alone, ahead of his hired helpers, he would sometimes stay with missionaries or at lamasaries and temples, or simply camp, with or without a tent. He also seems to forecast the modern encumbrances of communication, noting “I rejoice that a wireless-telegraphy apparatus has not yet become an indispensable item in every traveller's equipment” and that “one of the joys of travel” is “utter loneliness”.
Johnston was at this time very interested in Buddhism, and he devotes considerable space to this religion and special places such as the Buddhist shrine at Omei mountain. He also includes one chapter discussing the ethnology of the whole region, including minority tribes such as Lo-Los, Mantzu, Shan and others (an appendix has a vocabulary of some of their languages). Finally, he concludes with a more general analysis of the position of China at this time, and foreign attitudes to it – he is very sympathetic to the country and its people.
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