This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 Excerpt: ...beauty when seen from afar; but as one approaches great walls, like those of Nanking, there is the fascination of mystery. What lies beyond ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 Excerpt: ...beauty when seen from afar; but as one approaches great walls, like those of Nanking, there is the fascination of mystery. What lies beyond those seemingly forbidding barriers? What landmarks of the ancient tragedies and comedies there enacted still remain? What manner of people are there to-day in the stupendous inclosure, which from a Western point of view seems almost like being within the walls of a glorified penitentiary? Nanking is slightly over two hundred miles from Shanghai and may be reached by rail, but no tourist who has a couple of days' leisure should deny himself the pleasure of approaching the ancient stronghold from the muddy current that almost washes its walls. It has been a treaty port since 1897, and is supposed to have about three hundred thousand inhabitants at the present time. It was the seat of the imperial government of six dynasties between the Fourth and Sixth Centuries of the Christian era, and later became the capital of the Mings in 1368. It has had several names during the passing of the centuries, the present one having been conferred by the Ming emperor, Yuhg-lo (1403-1424) to designate it as the Southern Capital, when he moved the imperial seat to Peking. It was captured by the Taipings in 1853 and remained in their hands for eleven years, suffering almost as much as the other cities, which were not the temporary residence of the "Heavenly Prince." Laid in ruins, excepting the walls and a few districts occupied by the Taipings themselves, it has staggered under the blow, despite the courageous efforts of its people to regain lost prestige. Following the fall of the Manchu dynasty and the birth of the present republic, large portions of the country were in favor of returning the capital to Nanking, and it is a po...Read Less
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