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Three Years' Wanderings in the Northern Provinces of China: Including a Visit to the Tea, Silk, and Hardcover – 27 Oct 2009
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'Three years wanderings' is more of a travelogue. Fortune tells of his journeys in 1843-1845 to Hong Kong, Amoy (now Xiamen), Formosa (now Taiwan), Ningpo (now Ningbo), Shanghai, Canton (now Guangzhou), and Foochow (now Fuzhou), amongst other areas. He also devotes several chapters to a description of Chinese tea plants and the growing and manufacture of tea, as well as related geographic and economic topics such as climate, agriculture, silk and cotton.
He was one of the first foreigners to visit Shanghai after it was opened to trade in 1843, and his comments are often quoted - “Shanghai is by far the most important station for foreign trade on the coast of China...no other town with which I am acquainted possesses such advantages ; it is the great gate to the Chinese empire”. Fortune predicts it will become more important than Canton, which it soon did.
There is also a modern biography of Fortune, 'For all the tea in China', by Sarah Rose - see separate review.