China, the Long-Lived Empire

China, the Long-Lived Empire

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China, the Long-Lived Empire

China, the Long-Lived Empire

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In adding to the long list of books about China, one can only hope to give another individual experience and point of view, to add new testimony to that so abundantly offered. No one can cover the whole field, give the only key, or utter the last word; and during seven visits to China in the last fifteen years, the mystery of its people and the enigma of its future have only increased. It is such an impossible, incomprehensible country that one labors vainly to show it clearly to others. To the hypercritical residents of treaty ports, all writers have gone astray among the plainest Chinese facts; but as these same critics often controvert one another, the outsider can claim a certain privilege, while at the same time begging their indulgence for his views.

Every effort has been made to attain accuracy, but in the face of so much conflicting testimony, of so many contradictory statements, no one can expect general indorsoment. The chaos of all things Chinese is well illustrated in the spelling or transliteration of the characters for place-names. One finds Chifu and Chefoo used with equal authority; Chili, Chihli, or Dshy-ly; Taku or Dagu; Kau-lung or Kowloon.

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