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By Edwin John Dingle;Ding Le Mei

Within the early 1900s a guy named Edwin John Dingle launched into a outstanding mapping day trip of China. Overcoming impressive odds and lots of risky events that threatened his existence, he succeeded in his venture, crossing parts of China the place no Westerner had ever been sooner than, and finally reached Tibet. There, he grew to become one of many first Westerners (if no longer the 1st) to check 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 recognized to hundreds of thousands as Ding Le Mei. the following, in his personal phrases, is Edwin Dingle's account of that unimaginable trip.

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8th day--Ta-wan-tsï 70 li ---- 9th day--Ta-kwan-ting 70 li 3,700 ft. 10th day--Wuchai 60 li 7,000 ft. 11th day--Chao-t'ong-fu 100 li 6,400 ft. I knew that I was in for a very hard journey. The nature of the country as far as T'an-t'eo, ten li this side of which the Szech'wan border is reached, is not exhausting, although the traveler is offered some rough and wild climbing. The next day's stage, to Lao-wa-t'an, is miserably bad. At certain places it is cut out of the rock, at others it runs in the bed of the river, which is dotted everywhere with roaring rapids (as we are ascending very quickly), and when the water is high these roads are submerged and often impassable.

I knew that I was in for a very hard journey. The nature of the country as far as T'an-t'eo, ten li this side of which the Szech'wan border is reached, is not exhausting, although the traveler is offered some rough and wild climbing. The next day's stage, to Lao-wa-t'an, is miserably bad. At certain places it is cut out of the rock, at others it runs in the bed of the river, which is dotted everywhere with roaring rapids (as we are ascending very quickly), and when the water is high these roads are submerged and often impassable.

The following day, on the road to Huan-chiang, I lost myself--that is, I lost my men, and did not know the road. I got away into some quaint, secluded garden and sat down, tired and hot, under a tree in the shade, where a faint wind swung the heavy foliage with a solemn sound, and the subdued and soothing music of a brook running between two banks of moss and turf must have sent me to sleep. It was with a dreary sense of ominous foreboding that I woke, as if in expectation of some disaster. Not a living creature was visible, and I CHAPTER VII.

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