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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

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.

Travel literature emerged in the late 20th century and definitely exploded in the 21st. However, many of the books of this genre written in the last years lack the exotism and spirit of adventure we find in this book.

Travelling from Beijing to Lhasa, crossing the Tartar deserts and the Thibetan moun

Wow where to even start with this one.

I found it when reading a HackerNews thread a while back. I liked the idea of looking at life a few hundred years ago through the journal of a religious man of the traveling through China.

Overall, the book is a little hard to read because there are many phrases

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