The travelling Barge, of the Mandarin Van-tazhin, who attended the Embassy.
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Chinese pictures: notes on photographs made in China by Isabella Lucy Bird. The great imperial stone road planted with cedars sealed with the Imperial seal.
A peasant with his wife and family. The feet of children are prevented from growing large. The Mother is in the dress of the northern provinces.
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PRINCE KUNG. Illustrations of China and its people: a series of two hundred photographs, with letterpress descriptive of the places and people represented by John Thomson.
Amoy Women. The Small Foot of a Chinese Lady. Bound and unbound feet of two Amoy women. Male and Female Costume, Amoy.
Yuen-fu Monastery Cave, Fukien province, China. THIS Buddhist monastery is remarkable rather for its romantic situation than for any historical associations. Illustrations of China and its people by John Thomson.
Amoy, today Xiamen, Fujian Province China, was one of the earliest ports to which foreigners resorted.
The similarity between the Buddhist faith and the Roman Catholic churches may be traced even more minutely than this. “Buddhists everywhere have their monasteries and nunneries, their baptism, celibacy and tonsure, their rosaries, chaplets, relics, and charms, their fast-days and processions, their confessions, mass, requiems, and litanies, and, especially in Tibet, even their cardinals, and their pope.”
Guangji Bridge (Chaozhou). Kwangtung province, China around 1870. Illustrations of China and its people by John Thomson.
The one shown here stands on the right bank of the Han river, near Chao-chow-fu, and, like all the best examples of such edifices, the whole ground structure up to the first story is composed of stone.