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Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China - Volume 1

Évariste Régis Huc

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Festival of the Loaves of the Moon—Entertainment in a Mongol tent—Toolholos, or Rhapsodists of Tartary—Invocation to Timour—Tartar Education—Industry of the Women—Mongols in quest of missing animals—Remains of an abandoned City—Road from Peking to Kiaktha—Commerce between China and Russia—Russian Convent at Peking—A Tartar solicits us to cure his Mother from a dangerous Illness—Tartar Physicians—The intermittent Fever Devil—Various forms of Sepulture in use among the Mongols—Lamasery of the Five Towers—Obsequies of the Tartar Kings—Origin of the kingdom of Efe—Gymnastic Exercises of the Tartars—Encounter with three Wolves—Mongol Carts.

We arrived at Chaborté on the fifteenth day of the eighth moon, the anniversary of great rejoicings among the Chinese.  This festival, known as. . . Read More

Community Reviews

An interesting journal of the trip of two French missionaries and their native companion, plus camels, horse, and mule. Alas, this is only volume 1, and I do not possess the others.

A bit dry, but very detailed comparison between religion and nationalities.
Surprised to see Ki-Chan 琦善 (The Qing official handling the 1st Opium War) appearing in this book, and his disagreeing on the Chinese way in handling international affairs. Don't think Huc was bluffing.

A fascinating story about an amazing journey, written by French missionary who had a relatively open mind and a deep interest in the people he met on his journey through Manchuria, Mongolia, Sichuan and Tibet.

Minutely detailed record of two French priests’ travels across Tibet, Mongolia and China in the mid nineteenth century. Very informative concerning cultural and geographical differences in the region. Quite an adventure!

Am deeply fond of this book. Huc and Gabet were French priests out to convert Mongols. Don't be put off: they have the attitude of explorers, they write a fantastic, lively travel book and they fail to make conversions. Unlike other old travels they aren't rude about the Mongols or their way of life