THE GREAT IMPERIAL STONE ROAD FROM PEKING TO CHENGTU, THE CAPITAL OF SZE CHUAN.
The great imperial stone road from Peking (Beijing) to Chengtu (Chengdu), the capital of Sze Chuan (Sichuan).
Made more than a thousand years ago, it must have been a gigantic work at the time of its construction. It was paved throughout with rough stone flags for about eight feet, or about half its width, and planted with cedars. It is now very much out of repair, as are most things in China, the flags disappearing now and again for long distances; but it is still the object of much official attention, and every year certain magistrates inspect it and count the cedars, every one of which is sealed with the Imperial seal. Many of the trees have died, but many still survive and are grand objects by the roadside.
Source: Chinese pictures: notes on photographs made in China by Isabella Lucy Bird. London; New York: Cassell and Company, 1900.
Isabella Lucy Bishop (1831- 1904) was a British travel writer. In 1892 Isabella Bird became the first woman to be elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.