China and the Allies - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER LIV

Magnificent scenery--The Great Wall-The Towers of Tungan-tzu--The Trappist monastery--A secluded valley--Father Maurus--Silence--No converts--A vegetable lunch--Simplicity and happiness-Adopted customs--Accused of concealing firearms--Novices and fathers--All thoughts to the Lord--A Manchu father.

WE made an early start the next day, and by ten o'clock we went through Shan-lung-men. Going through the pass the scenery was magnificent. We were following the river bed, and had high mountains on both sides. Then we came in sight of a portion of the Great Wall. There was a huge tower on one side of the river, and a long stretch of wall built on the steep slope of the mountain; on tile other side of the river was the continuation of the wall.

From this point the incline became very steep, and we had some three hours' very stiff climbing to reach the summit of the mountain range. We were travelling in a westerly direction. The view obtained from the high point reached was superb. On one side chain after chain of mountains of pure cobalt blue, on the other the high Hsi-ling-shan peak and a fertile valley. A long distance away in a southerly direction one could just discern against the bright sky-line the towers of Tung-an-tzu and another portion of the wall, while below, in the fertile valley, signs of agriculture and a

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