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A Wayfarer in China

Elizabeth Kimball Kendall

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. . .n and women alike, in urging me to take whiffs from their long-stemmed tobacco pipes. All smoke, using sometimes this long-stemmed, small-bowled pipe, and sometimes the water pipe, akin in principle to the Indian hubble-bubble. In this part of Szechuan I saw few smoking cigarettes, but thanks to the untiring[67] efforts of the British American Tobacco Company, they are fast becoming known, and my men were vastly pleased when I doled some out at the end of a hard day.

From Ho-k'ou it was a two days' journey to Hui-li-chou, the first large town on my trip. The scenery was charmingly varied. At times the trail led along high ridges with beautiful glimpses down into the valleys, or affording splendid views to right and left, to the mysterious, forbidden Lololand to the east, and to the unsurveyed country beyond the Yalung, west of us, or again it dropped to the banks of the streams, leading us through attractive hamlets buried in palms and bamboo, pines and cac. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I really love this book. In my opinion, it's well written, informative, and fascinating.

I admire Ms. Kendall for having the courage to travel across a foreign country by herself.

Lovely book and one of my all time favorites!

I like this kind of book and wonder if any fellow readers have similar books to recommend. One in this vein that I really enjoyed was A Girl's Ride in Iceland