By Edwin John Dingle;Ding Le Mei
Within the early 1900s a guy named Edwin John Dingle launched into a striking mapping excursion of China. Overcoming awesome odds and lots of harmful occasions that threatened his existence, he succeeded in his venture, crossing components of China the place no Westerner had ever been ahead of, and finally reached Tibet. There, he turned one of many first Westerners (if no longer the 1st) to review in a Tibetan monastery. Upon his eventual go back to the West, he shared what he had realized in China and Tibet with others and got here to be identified to millions as Ding Le Mei. the following, in his personal phrases, is Edwin Dingle's account of that unimaginable trip.
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Its twisting and turning, up and down, inwards, outwards, made humor for the full long day. With it I could not quarrel, for it did its best to help me with my weary men onwards over the now darkened landscape, and ever took the lead to urge us forward. If it came to a great upstanding mountain, with marked politeness it ran round by a circuitous route, more easily if of greater length; at other times it scaled clear up, nimbly and straight, turning not once to us in its self-appointed task, and at the top, standing like some fairy on a steeple-point, beckoned us on encouragingly.
Her people have an enduring and expansive power that has stood the test of more than four thousand years of honorable history, and their activity and efficiency outside China make them more to be dreaded, as competitors, than any race or any dozen races of to-day. But New China must have this new life. Commerce, science, diplomacy, culture, civilization she will have in ever-increasing measure just in so much as she draws nearer to western peoples. But the new life can come from whence? From within or from without?
They were glad to see me, one of them kindly gave me a hair-cut, and at their invitation I stayed the night with them. What is it in the nature of the Chinese which makes them appear to be so totally oblivious to the best they see in their own country? It is surely not because they are not as sensitive as other races to the magic of beauty in either nature or art. But I found traveling and living with such apparently unsympathetic creatures exasperating to a degree, and I did not wonder that the European whose lot had been cast in the interior, sometimes, on emerging into Western civilization, appears eccentric to his own countrymen.